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Born on November 24, 1982, Amit Mishra is a crafty leg-spinner, who has all it takes to become one of India’s best spinners. He was sadly overshadowed by the greatness of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. Despite making his international debut in 2003, Mishra never managed to play as many games as he perhaps should have for India. On his 34th birthday, Pramod Ananth throws some light on Mishra’s journey as a cricketer.

1.  Third leg-spinner to take 5-wicket haul on Test debut: Mishra replaced India skipper Anil Kumble for the Mohali Test in 2008 against Australia. He was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 5 for 71. Mishra’s victims included Simon Katich, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting and Peter Siddle. Mishra therefore became only the third leg-spinner after Vaman Kumar (1961) and Narendra Hirwani (1988) to pick up five wickets in an innings on debut.

2.  Most wickets in bilateral ODI series: Mishra picked up 18 wickets in ODI series in Zimbabwe in 2013, which includes two back-to-back 5-wicket hauls with the best of 6 for 48 at Bulawayo.  This is still a world record for a most wickets in a three-match bilateral series.

3.  Played against every opponent except New Zealand: Mishra, in his 12 years of international cricket, has played against all opponents except New Zealand, against whom he did not play a single game for India despite being picked in the One-Day International (ODI) side.

4.  2012-13 best season in First-Class:  Mishra’s best performance with bat and ball came in the 2012-13 season for Haryana. He scored 479 runs with the bat; with a highest score of 202 not out against Karnataka. The season also included 34 scalps (including 21 wickets in Ranji Trophy) at 29.08, with the best of 5 for 97.

5.  Mishra’s best batting performance in international cricket: Mishra’s best with the bat came against England when he scored 84, batting ahead of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir. But India lost by an innings. However, his knock of 59 vs Sri Lanka in the third Test of the recently concluded Test series was extremely crucial as India went on to win the match and clinch the series 2-1.

6.  Highest IPL wickets for a spinner: Mishra has 111 Indian Premier League (IPL) wickets to his name, which is the most by a spinner in the competition. Overall, only Lasith Malinga has more wickets than him.

7.  Arrested for assault: Mishra was arrested by Bengaluru police in October 2015 for physically assaulting a female friend and abusing her in a hotel room. After being interrogated for over three hours, he was eventually released on bail.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)