Amit Mishra Not Focused On Breaking Lasith Malinga's IPL Record Of Maximum 170 Scalps
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Amit Mishra Not Focused On Breaking Lasith Malinga’s IPL Record Of Maximum 170 Scalps

Amit Mishra is the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. (Source: File)
Amit Mishra is the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. (Source: File)

Amit Mishra, Delhi Capitals leg-spinner, who took his all-time tally to 164 wickets after a match-winning spell against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, said he is not focussed on breaking Lasith Malinga’s record for the most wickets by a bowler in the IPL.

Amit Mishra has been one of the unsung heroes of the Indian Premier League. The 38-year-old spinner has picked up 164 wickets in 152 matches in the IPL and is just 7 wickets away from breaking Lasith Malinga’s all-time record for the most wickets in the T20 league.

Amit Mishra registered the best bowling figures by a Delhi Capitals bowler against Mumbai Indians (Courtesy of PTI)
Amit Mishra registered the best bowling figures by a Delhi Capitals bowler against Mumbai Indians (Courtesy of PTI)

Amit Mishra Picked 4 Scalps Including Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, And Ishan Kishan

Only thrice has Amit Mishra picked up less than 10 wickets in a season in the IPL. The veteran leg-spinner showcased on Tuesday that he still has the goods to single-handedly win his team high-pressure IPL matches. Playing for the Delhi Capitals, the leg-spinner rattled Mumbai Indians’ batting unit with a match-winning spell of 4 for 24.

Amit Mishra vs MI (Courtesy by BCCI)
Amit Mishra vs MI (Courtesy by BCCI)

Amit Mishra was nearly unplayable as he troubled the Mumbai Indians batsmen with his spin-bowling prowess. The leg-spinner got the big wicket of a well-set Rohit Sharma by beating him with flight at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai where batsmen found it hard to score runs.

Amit Mishra then picked up Hardik Pandya and trapped Kieron Pollard LBW with a wrong’un that the West Indies captain failed to pick. He then wrapped things up by taking Ishan Kishan’s wicket as Mumbai Indians were restricted to 137 for 9 in their quota of 20 overs.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra has now dismissed Rohit Sharma a total of 7-times in IPL. After his spell of 4/24, Amit Mishra now leads the list of bowlers with the most 4+ wicket hauls in IPL history. Amit Mishra pocketed the man of the match award for the 12th time in IPL – the most amongst all IPL bowlers.

Amit Mishra Isn’t Focussed On Breaking Lasith Malinga’s Record Of Most IPL Scalps

Speaking to Prithvi Shaw after the match-winning spell, the Delhi Capitals spinner said he is not focused on breaking Lasith Malinga’s record but helping the Delhi Capitals win matches in the ongoing IPL season. Lasith Malinga, with 170 wickets, is on top of the wicket-takers list but the former Mumbai Indians pacer retired from franchise cricket earlier this year.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga in action for Mumbai Indians | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS

Amit Mishra got Rohit Sharma out for the 7th time in IPL – a joint record for a bowler for maximum dismissals against a particular batsman. The Mumbai Indians captain tried to skip down the track and hit Amit Mishra into the stands but the leg-spinner bowled it wide and had Rohit Sharma caught at long-on by  Steve Smith.

Speaking about his dominance over Rohit, Mishra added: “I try to keep the ball away from his hitting zones and take the pace off, which will force him to go against his strengths. I also try to beat him with flight and I have been successful thus far.”

Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga on Wednesday announced retirement from franchise cricket after Mumbai Indians released him ahead of the Indian Premier League 2021. Lasith Malinga, who has played a staggering 122 IPL matches, has 170 wickets to his credit, the highest in the cash-rich league, with the best bowling figures of 5/13. The 37-year-old pacer is known for his toe-crushing yorkers.

Brief Scores: Delhi Capitals 138/4 (Shikhar Dhawan 45, Steve Smith 33; Kieron Pollard 1/9) beat Mumbai Indians 137/9 (Rohit Sharma 44, Ishan Kishan 26; Amit Mishra 4/24) by 6 wickets.