Mishra looks to emulate Kumble

Mishra looks to emulate Kumble

Mishra looks to emulate Kumble

Amit Mishra was hailed as the right replacement for Anil Kumble as far back as the early 2000s when the former India captain had plenty of cricket left in him.

Nearly eight years after Kumble’s retirement during the Australia series in 2008, which also coincided with Mishra’s Test debut, the leg-spinner from Haryana has managed to play in just 18 matches, most of those appearances coming whenever India have opted to play three spinners at home.

“That’s not in my hand,” Mishra said during an interaction on Saturday when asked about unfulfilled potential.

“Whenever I get my time I will prove myself. I am also trying to improve my batting as well. I am trying to perform and help the country win matches. Anil bhai is now there. I made my debut because he was injured. His experience is very helpful for me. He is helping me become a better bowler. We were talking about how to be mentally (strong) and were planning against the West Indies batsmen,” he offered.

As leg-spinner, Mishra couldn’t have asked for a better coach than the Bengalurean.

“We are very happy that Anil Kumble is the coach,” he began. “He has 18 years of experience. He knows the mentality of cricketers, and if anyone has a problem he is trying to settle them down. He is telling them how to approach the issue depending on what the problem is. He gives three to four options, and you can take whatever suits you,” he analysed.

Mishra is one of the only four players from this Indian squad to have played in the West Indies before and a lot will be expected of him.

“He did not say anything specifically,” replied Mishra when asked if there has been any specific responsibility assigned to him by Kumble.

“He said you have been bowling so well for ten years, just keep it that way. Don’t try taking too much pressure of taking five or seven wickets every match. Just bowl the way you have been bowling. When we go there and assess the conditions, then we will think about handling them.”

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