Amit Mishra Biography
The leg-spinner from Haryana has spent his best years warming the benches. The years of toil at the First-Class level were not enough, and it was the IPL that has revived Mishra’s career. He has had three phases representing India so far, the first being a forgettable start in 2003, followed the impressive Test debut in 2008 and then a revival in 2013.
Mishra could very well be considered ‘born in the wrong era’ as he bid his time while India tormented the opposition with their spin twins of Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble. Making his First-Class debut in 2000-01, Mishra is a classical leggie with great flight, who lures the batsmen and possesses a deceptive googly.
He made his Test debut in 2008 against Australia following an injury to Anil Kumble. Years of experience had already prepared him to attack from the word go, and he ended with a five-for on debut. A dip in form saw him loosen his grip on the playing XI before India moved on to Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha and Ravindra Jadeja.
The second innings of his India career started post IPL 2013, where he picked up 21 wickets and averaged 14 batting down the order. His judicious use of the googly has fetched him many wickets in recent times. Over the years his batting and fielding has improved as well, and he even has a First-Class double ton to his name. In the ODI series against Zimbabwe the same year, he took 18 wickets.
Despite all that, he will still have to fight it out to ensure a consistent run at the top level.