Amit Mishra, the leg-break bowler next to Kumble and Harbhajan

 . Last updated on September 28, 2018, 5:35 PM
Amit Mishra, the leg-break bowler next to Kumble and Harbhajan

Amit Mishra, although not regular with the team, played several impressive matches.

Amit Mishra is a right-handed leg-break bowler in Indian cricket team. His is aggressive in style playing several important matches for the team across all formats. When not in national duty, he plays for Haryana in domestic circuit tournament like Ranji Trophy. He is also active in IPL, playing for Delhi Daredevils. He was also with Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He played 22 Tests, 36 ODIs and 8 T20Is alongside team India. So far, Mishra has played 106 List A matches. In Test, his total score is 648, while in List A, his score is 612 runs. In contrast, Mishra took 76 wickets in the longest and 14 in the limited format.

In the on-going Vijay Hazare Trophy, Amit Mishra played as the match winner for Haryana in the latest match against Assam. In the match, the bowler returned with the figures of 10-2-13-6. This led to a total collapse of Assam losing the match by 8 wickets. The team could only scratch out 81 runs in the match. Mishra, in the after-match interview said that line and length were the most crucial aspects of the wicket in Chennai. The bowler found the wicket too slow for spinners, which left no rooms for spinners to make mistakes. The player also disclosed that he lost his place from the primary XI of India due to injury and not his form.

Mishra’s early coach was Sanjay Bhardwaj, who trained him to be a bowler

Mishra’s early coach was Sanjay Bhardwaj, who trained him to be a bowler.

Amit Mishra’s father is SM Mishra and Chandarkala Mishra is his mother. He was born in November of 1982 in Sonepat Haryana. He has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He was inclined towards cricket since his childhood and was a talented young player. This made his entry to cricket quite easy. In his early days, he received training under Sanjay Bhardwaj, the coach who also trained Gautam Gambhir, the former opener of India. It is known that Mishra wanted to be a batsman, but it was Bhardwaj to prepared him as a leg-break bowler. Previously, Mishra entangled himself in an allegation of domestic violence and assault of a woman. However, personal problem does not seem to shun his performance as a top bowler in domestic circuit of the country.

Although, Mishra accompanied the Test team playing against West Indies in 2002, he did not debut in the series. Latter, his debut was in the second Test against Australia at Mohali. In his debut game, he played for an impressive performance taking 5 wickets for 71 runs in the first innings. It was a decisive victory for India, with a grand contribution of the bowler. He was played in absence of Anil Kumble, who was dropped due to injury for the match.

In his last ODI series, Mishra was awarded Player of the Match for taking 15 wickets and playing as the match winner for India against New Zealand

In his last ODI series, Mishra was awarded Player of the Match for taking 15 wickets and playing as the match winner for India against New Zealand.

Mishra played several test matches although he was not retained as a permanent bowler of the team, in presence of options like Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. As a batsman in Test, Mishra knocked 84 as his highest score. It was in the Test against England in 2011. His last Test until now, was against England in December 2016. In ODI, Mishra’s debut was against South Africa at the TVS Club in 2003. In 2013, in the third ODI against Zimbabwe, the bowler received a Player of the match award for attaining the figures of 4 wickets for 47 runs. He played his last ODI against New Zealand in October of 2016, where he was awarded Player of Series for a total of 15 wickets in the series. In the final match, Mishra took 5 wickets for 18 runs.

In T20 International cricket, Mishra played as a debutant in the match against Zimbabwe in June 2010. In the 2016 tour to West Indies, the bowler attained his best figures in the format. He took 3 wickets for 24 runs.

Amit Mishra has been a consistent player in IPL. In the tournament, he also played a number of matches as a lower order batsman. In 2013 session of the tournament, he was playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad. In a match against Pune, Mishra took a hat-trick. This create a history making him the first player to nick a total of three hat-tricks in IPL history. He took the previous hat-tricks in 2008 and 2011 season of the tournament. In the latest 2018 IPL, Mishra played for Delhi Daredevils.

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