‘Born in a wrong era’ or ‘simply not the luckiest’ are the sayings that can be suited for Amit Mishra. An attacking leg-break bowler, who, despite the odd global hitch, has remained the backbone of his sides in domestic cricket. More than a decade after his debut at national level, Mishra is not seen playing the game these days. We can only see him in the domestic cricket and at Indian Premier League. A lost talent in Indian cricket.
No doubt Amit Mishra is a crafty leg-spinner, who has all it takes to become one of country’s best spinners. One can definitely say that he was sadly overshadowed by the greatness of few bowling legends in India. Amit Mishra made debut in the year 2003 but never managed to play as many games as he deserved to play. Here is Amit Mishra biography.
Date of Birth
November 24 1982
Right-arm leg break
Teams Played for
India, Haryana, Delhi Capitals, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Amit Mishra Biography
Amit Mishra’s father is SM Mishra and Chandarkala Mishra is his mother. His brother’s name is Sujit. He was born in November of 1982 in Sonepat, Haryana. He was motivated towards cricket since his childhood. His passion and love together made his entry to cricket easy. In his early days, he received training under Sanjay Bhardwaj, the coach who also skilled Gautam Gambhir. Only few know, Mishra wanted to be a batsman but it was Sanjay Bhardwaj to make him a leg-break bowler. “In my eyes, Amit Mishra is nothing less than a commando, who is told that an enemy attack can happen at any time and you have to be ready”, his coach once stated.
Amit Mishra left his education and moved to Haryana, quickly making it for Ranji squad in 2000. Remember all young and budding cricketers, Amit was just 18 at that time. His skills and hard work turned into success. He continued to pale his claim in the only way that he knew – by picking up as many as wickets for Haryana in the Ranji trophy. Finally, Mishra got his break. How? Anil Kumble got injured in a series against Australia and retired immediately.
ODI Call Up
Mishra was initially drafted into the Indian squad for a Test against the West Indies in 2002 but was not chosen in the starting XI. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against South Africa in 2003 for TVS Cup. For your info, he has been instrumental for India in ODI’s campaign, picking up 64 wickets from 36 matches at an average of 23.60. His economy in blue jersey is 4.72. In 2013, he managed to get most wickets by any bowler in a five-match series against minnows Zimbabwe. The spinner also equalled record of Javagal Srinath for the most wickets in a bilateral ODI series with 18 wickets. He played a couple of games in the 2014 Asia Cup and impressed many.
Amit Mishra made his Test debut against Australia in the 2nd Test at Mohali after the then skipper and first-choice leg spinner Anil Kumble was injured. He bagged 5 wickets in his kitty after giving 71 runs in Australia’s first innings and then 2/35 in the second, making him the leading wicket-taker in the match as India proceeded to a decisive win. With his spin, he has so far scalped 74 wickets from 21 Test matches at an average of 35.10. Mishra last played in 2011 in whites when India were beaten 0-4 at England.
Amit Mishra has been a prolific wicket-taking bowler in the domestic circuit while his performance with in the Indian Premier League has earned him the tag of one of the best spinners in the league. From 147 matches played, the 36-year-old has claimed 157 wickets in IPL. Amit Mishra was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils to impress in the IPL and, by taking a hat-trick in a game against the Deccan Chargers, he proved his worth.
Mishra represented the Deccan Chargers and later went to wicket-taker among spin bowlers in India’s cricket carnival. Amit Mishra currently played in the jersey of Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL. He has performed consistently in the league and is the only IPL player to take three hat-tricks. Mishra is the leading wys for Delhi Capitals.
Records and Achievements
- Amit Mishra is the second Indian spinner after R Ashwin to reach 200 wickets in Twenty20.
- Mishra’s best batting performance came against England when he scored 84 in a Test match.
- He has more than 150 Indian Premier League (IPL) wickets to his name, which is the most by a spinner in the competition.
- In his 12 years of cricket, he has played against all opponents except New Zealand.
- He is third leg-spinner to take 5-wicket haul on Test debut.
The lost talent
Amit Mishra was called as a replacement for a regular spinner and dropped after just one or two average. It was not like he performed much worse than Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin or any other but he wasn’t the first choice spinner and therefore, simply ‘expendable’.
With over 500 first class wickets and an amazing record in the shorter formats, there is hardly a light of hope. Mishra’s career, endangered to promise much but deliver little. At 36, Mishra is the most experienced bowler in the Indian squad in terms of age. With spinners such as Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal in ODIs and R Ashwin in Test cricket, the future for this leggie seem gloomy. We already have seen Amit Mishra in IPL, apart from his readiness to share the knowledge of his experience to the new bowlers; it is Mishra’s enthusiasm to continue to learn that shines through.