With six matches in the first two matches, Amit Mishra has had an impressive run in the series so far. The leg-spinner has found it tough to become a regular in the Indian team but due to the absence of the rested R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, he is getting a spot in the playing eleven in the ongoing series against New Zealand. Talking to the journalists ahead of the third Test at Mohali, the 33-year old spoke on various topics ranging from his experience on working with youngsters, Anil Kumble and much more.
Excerpts from his interview:
On working with the young bowlers:
The experience (of helping youngsters) has been good so far. Whenever they ask me, I give them tips. Even in the game, they ask me during meetings and I try to help them as much as I can. I am really enjoying this role and I feel it is my duty to support the youngsters.
On working with coach Anil Kumble:
Anil bhai helps me a lot. He doesn’t talk a lot about technique, it is mentally that he helps a great deal. For example, I was not selected in the eleven for the Test matches but still he was there to help me. Besides, we discuss where to bowl, at what pace to bowl, the field placement against the batsmen. It is a lot of learning.Even though he (Kumble) is a bowler, he is always giving tips to batsmen especially the tailenders who can play a crucial role in matches that go down to the wire.
On whether his ability to bat is a reason for him not getting a regular spot in the team:
I can’t say much about my batting ability going down over the years. The last match was an opportunity and I played a bad shot. I thought it was required (to play an attacking shot) at that time. We could have won the game if any of us would have stayed in longer. Next time, I will take my time when there is a situation like that (in Delhi) and try to prove myself.
On the mood in the dressing room:
Anil bhai is always positive no matter what happens. The team has the talent to win every match. But like I said, we did not play to our potential. We would have won had we played proper cricket. We will try not to repeat the mistakes of the last game.