Sometimes you do each and everything which you possibly could do but don’t get enough name, fame and credit. Cricketer Amit Mishra is a prime example of that.
He did more than enough whenever he got the opportunity. If you remember, Amit Mishra in his last ODI appearance for India finished the game with a fifer and the series with 15 wickets. He was Man of the Match and Man of the Series. That was the last series of MS Dhoni as a captain as well.
Since then he hardly got any chance. Amit Mishra last featured in an international match during the T20I series against England in 2017 where he picked up a wicket.
Amit Mishra Stats
Ashwin took 150 wickets in 111 ODI s at an average of 32.90 and with a 40.10 strike rate. He once took 4 wicket hall in his career, Jadeja took 188 wickets in 168 ODIs at an average of 37.40 with a 45.50 strike rate including 1 5 wicket hall.
Whereas Amit Mishra took 64 wickets in just 36 matches with an average and strike rate of 23.60 and 29.90 respectively which is remarkable. In fact, his Test figures are also quite impressive.
Amit Mishra had started IPL 2020 with a positive but unfortunately, with an injury, he was ruled out of the tournament. Not to forget He is also the second most successful bowler in the IPL just behind Lasith Malinga.
But unfortunately few cricketers never get enough backing from the captain and the management, maybe Amit Mishra was one of them.
Amit Mishra during Press Conference
“I don’t know if I am underrated. I used to think too much earlier, so mind used to get diverted, now I just focus on my job,” he said in an online press conference in IPL “To be honest, I didn’t get what I should have but it’s okay. People know who is Amit Mishra. That’s is enough for me. I have to focus on my cricket and bowling so that is what I do,”
Mishra said, “My job is to perform and I have been doing that for ages now, so what people think about me hardly makes a difference.
“No point being negative or bitter as it would hardly serve any purpose. I play because I still love this game. Next year, I will again play domestic cricket if my body permits.”
From playing under Sehwag to playing under Pant Amit Mishra has come a long way
From started his IPL career in 2008 for Delhi Daredevils to play IPL 2021 under Pant, Amit Mishra’s has proved his resilience.
Mishra said leg spinners need a leader who backs them in difficult moments of the game.
Any leg-spinner needs a good captain because when the bowler is under attack, you need that sort of a skipper, who would back you to the hilt and give you that requisite confidence even when you have gone for a few runs, ”A captain who basically understands the psyche of a leg-spinner”.
Maybe some cricketers are born in the wrong era. Much like Dinesh Karthik(born in Dhoni’s era), Amit Mishra was also born when Harbhajan and Kumble were playing for India, then came Ashwin and Jadeja then Kuldeep and Chahal and so on.
He was never the leader of the pack. He was always in the shadow of someone else. Whether it’s playing for India or Delhi Capitals he never really got the due credit.
Although, he hasn’t lost any faith and still doing good for his franchise Delhi Capital in this IPL season. He surely will be a leggie to watch out for this season.
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