Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma have impressed one and all with their pin-point accuracy and the ability to take wickets in the middle part of the innings for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sarang Bhalerao takes a look at the statistical analysis to prove how effective the duo is when they hunt in pairs.
Mishra and Karan forged a wonderful partnership in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013, bowling leg-break in the middle part of the Sunrisers bowling innings. The duo bowled leg-spin in tandem and it augured well for the fortunes of Sunrisers as both these bowlers relied on pin-point accuracy. The striking feature of their bowling was the willingness to go for the wickets irrespective of the state of the game.
Let us look at the overall performance of the leg-spinning duo in comparison with the overall bowling display by the Sunrisers Hyderabad as a team in the IPL 2013:
The table clearly indicates that the two bowlers contained the opposition batsmen and also picked up wickets. They believed in the principle of taking wickets is the best form of containment. The overall average per wicket for Sunrisers was 21.28. It was 20.25 and 20.9 for Mishra and Karan respectively.
Mishra picked up 31.63 per cent of wickets while Karan picked up 10 per cent of the scalps. They bowled 29.25 per cent of the overs and conceded 26.65 per cent of runs. Overall in the tournament they picked up 32 out of 110 wickets to fall — that amounts to about 29 per cent of the overall wickets.
Mishra and Karan played in the 13 IPL games together and the two CLT20 2013 qualifiers so far. Let us analyse their impact in these 15 games.
As it can be seen from the table, Mishra as a bowler improves when he is in tandem with Karan. His average, strike rate and economy rate improves. Also one striking observation is that Sunrisers’ economy rate in the matches has been in excess of seven. The leg-spinners have maintained the economy rate below seven. Sunrisers’ average runs per wicket have been around 23 but Mishra and Karan have their averages at 19 and 20 respectively.
Mishra has also flighted the ball generously and has been looking to beat the batsman in the air. On September 18 against the Wolves he was hit by Misbah-ul-Haq for a six over long-on. Mishra followed it up with a googly that befuddled Misbah and had him out of the crease. The ball unfortunately went for four byes.
Mishra, was surprisingly, given only one over by Sunrisers captain Shikhar Dhawan in the first qualifying game against Kandurata Maroons. The reason given by the captain was that the Kandurata line-up had a lot of left-handers so he held back Mishra.
Against the Wolves, Mishra dismissed a left-handed batsman first up and passed on a thumping statement to his captain. He also bowled 17 dot balls which is an incredible feat in the shortest format.
Mishra is akin to a fighting tiger as he always gives a fight. He has always been in the fringes of selection as an India player. In whatever limited opportunity he has got with the national team, Mishra has delivered. But a consistent run is what he seeks.
For the Hyderabad franchise he is the bowling lynchpin and along with Karan he continues to present a stern test for the opposition. With the Sunrisers qualified for the main draw, the onus of taking wickets and containing the opposition lies with the leg-spinning duo.
(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)