Amit Mishra eyes Test spot with good performances against Zimbabwe

Amit Mishra (left) has picked up nine wickets in the three ODIs against Zimbabwe so far © AFP

Harare: Jul 29, 2013

Amit Mishra has set his sights on a place in India’s Test side for the tour of South Africa later this year after spinning the tourists to victory in the third one-day international at Harare Sports Club.

Mishra claimed figures of 4 for 47 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 183 on Sunday, before India cruised to a seven-wicket win and an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

The 30-year-old leg-spinner has not played a Test since India’s tour of England in 2011, and although he faces stiff competition for a place in the squad to South Africa, he has been making good use of the series against Zimbabwe.

Mishra has claimed nine wickets in the first three matches, becoming the top wicket-taker in conditions that have not provided much assistance to spinners.

“I’m not in the Test side, but I’ll try and do my job in the next two matches, and then it’s up to the selectors,” he said.

Six of Mishra’s wickets have come from his well-disguised googly, while another variation accounted for Sikandar Raza in the first ODI.

“I’ve done lots of hard work on my googlies and variations and it’s paying off,” Mishra said.

“I’ve been waiting a long time for this, I’m doing my best and it’s working for me now.”