Amit Mishra had asked for a salary hike after claiming his first hat-trick in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Virender Sehwag recalled the incident as his comments came after Amit Mishra led Delhi Capitals to victory against Mumbai Indians in Chennai on Tuesday.
After Amit Mishra registered a match-winning performance for his side Delhi Capitals in an IPL 2021 match against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, former India opener Virender Sehwag narrated an incident when the leg-spinner had asked for a ‘salary hike’ after claiming his first-ever hat-trick in the Indian Premier League back in 2008.
Amit Mishra Wanted A Salary Hike After Claiming His 1st Hat-Trick: Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag’s comments came after Amit Mishra claimed a four-wicket haul to restrict the defending champions to a paltry 137/9 in 20 overs. In reply, Rishabh Pant & Co registered an easy 6-wicket win which came after five defeats in a row against the Mumbai-based franchise.
Amit Mishra who holds the record for claiming most hat-tricks in the IPL – 3 – had picked up three in a row in the inaugural edition of the league in 2008 against Deccan Chargers while representing Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals). Virender Sehwag was the then captain of the Delhi side.
“He is [Amit Mishra] a kind of guy who is very calm and talks gently to everybody. He gets to mingle with everyone pretty quickly. So that’s why he becomes the favourite of his teammates. When he gets beaten, other players feel for him. And when takes wickets, all are happy for him. I remember when he claimed his first hat-trick.”
“I asked him what do you want and he said ‘Viru Bhai, please get my salary increased.’ Now, I feel, he would be getting that much amount of money that he won’t ask for a raise even after getting another hat-trick,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
Amit Mishra with 164 scalps in 152 IPL games is the 2nd highest wicket-taker in IPL history and is only 6 scalps short of retired pacer Lasith Malinga who has 170 scalps in 122 games.
Mumbai eventually ended with just 137 for 9, with Amit Mishra’s strikes ensuring the Capitals stifled the defending champions. Amit Mishra wreaked havoc and dismantled the batting order removing Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, and Ishan Kishan.
Virender Sehwag: Amit Mishra Accepts Challenges Irrespective Of Opposition Batsmen
It was Amit Mishra’s comeback game as he was dropped for two straight encounters after playing DC’s tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings. His 4-24 is the best bowling figure by a Delhi bowler against MI. Virender Sehwag further explained why he is considered one of the best bowlers in the league.
“Mishra seemed nervous during his over in powerplay. He got hit by Suryakumar Yadav hit for boundaries over covers. But when the powerplay ended, Mishra Ji also came back strong because once the field is spread, he also feels that he can bowl at a normal pace on which the batters have to take the risk.”
“He bowled really well. That’s why he is one of the best bowlers of this tournament. He has the most wickets as a spinner. Had Rohit Sharma played his normal game against him, he could have scored 60-70 runs easily,” Sehwag added.
The former cricketer further spoke about Amit Mishra getting Hardik Pandya for a duck. He said that the leg-spinner doesn’t hesitate in facing tough challenges.
“Amit Mishra knew that when Hardik Pandya plays spin, he simply attacks. If gets the ball in his area, he looks to smash it. If it’s his day, he whacks a maximum, or else he will get out. So, Mishra is wise enough to judge if a batsman like Pandya goes after him, who will he bowl or what variation does he need to make. Mishra accepts challenges no matter who the batsman he is bowling at,” Virender Sehwag said.
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 stifling spell against defending champions Mumbai. This was his 12th such award in IPL history – the most amongst all IPL bowlers. Three other bowlers have eight – Harbhajan Singh, Rashid Khan, and Umesh Yadav.
Leg spinner Amit Mishra, with 164-wickets, is now No.2 on the list of most wickets in IPL history. The veteran is closing the gap on Lasith Malinga real quick. The Sri Lankan sits pretty atop this list with 170 IPL wickets. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra has now dismissed Rohit Sharma a total of 7-times in IPL. He now joins Zaheer Khan and Sandeep Sharma in this rather unique list.
Zaheer Khan has dismissed MS Dhoni 7-times while Sandeep Sharma has sent back Virat Kohli a total of 7-times in the IPL as well. In all the 7-times that Rohit Sharma has been dismissed by Amit Mishra, the batsman had faced at least 17-balls before the leg-spinner was called upon to bowl.
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.