His career in India has never really taken off like the IPL, but veteran Delhi Capitals leg spinner Amit Mishra says he no longer thinks about why he didn’t get what he “should have”, satisfied with the name he made for himself . Mishra is second behind Lasith Malinga in the list of top wicket-takers in the IPL with 157 scalps in 148 matches. “I don’t know if I’m underestimated. I used to think too much earlier, so the mind used to be distracted, now I’m just concentrating on my work,” he said in an online press conference ahead of the Sunrisers Hyderabad clash here. on Tuesday.
“To be honest, I didn’t get what I should have, but it’s okay. People know who Amit Mishra is. That’s enough for me. I have to focus on my cricket and bowling, so that’s what I do , ”he admitted. , as for the disappointment of not appearing for India again.
Despite being one of the highest rated leg spinners in the country, Mishra has only played 22 Tests, 36 ODIs and 10 T20Is for India. His last performance in Test and ODI was in 2016.
The 37-year-old also congratulated fellow Haryana boy Rahul Tewatia on the hurricane half-century that helped the Rajasthan Royals to an unlikely victory on Sunday and became a talking point.
Mishra said that Tewatia exceeded expectations with its magic knock. The two played together for the Capitals in the 2018 season.
“He focused on his at bat. The way he played yesterday is good for Haryana’s future. I want him to continue to perform like that in the future,” Mishra said.
“I kind of had an expectation that he could do it, but I didn’t expect him to play the innings he actually did. Sometimes your focus is so much that things start to happen the way you want. we don’t see often. It’s one of the best innings of his life so far. “
At Tuesday’s game, Mishra said the Abu Dhabi wicket will favor the batsmen.
“It’s a bit slow. Batsmen get time to shoot. Batsmen have an advantage, bowlers also plan accordingly. It will be a slow wicket,” he said.
The wrist spinner said his team will need to plan more for the games to be held in Sharjah.
“For Sharjah we have to plan better because it is a small site. Compared to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the game in Sharjah will be a more important game. If you win there, it helps the team.”
When asked about Coach Ricky Ponting’s influence so far, Mishra said, “He’s been playing the game for so long, so he knows the mindset of the players. If someone is low or too confident, he knows what to say.”
“He always talks positively. He is so cheerful, I also learn a lot from him how he interacts with players, depending on their individual nature.”
On how he managed to make leg spin such a powerful weapon in a format dominated by batsmen, he said, “I was always told it’s not a game for leg spinners, but it only motivated me further. .
“Leg spinners have more variety than others, so they are an option to take wicket, but you have to work hard for them.”
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