Amit Mishra quite superbly clinched the man of the series award after India recorded a huge 190 run victory over the black caps on Saturday in the five-match ODI series under lights. There were other contenders such as the likes of Virat Kohli who scored 358 runs in the series but it was not enough to take away the man of the series trophy from the leg spinner. The right arm leggie picked up a total of 15 wickets in the series which is quite exceptional.
Mishra took 5 wickets in the 5th and final ODI of the series which helped India wrap up the Kiwis for just 79 runs. Courtesy to Mishra, India won the final ODI comfortably by a margin of 79 runs. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that it was the right decision to hand Amit Mishra the man of the match award ahead of Virat Kohli.
“Amit Mishra has broken through partnerships, got India wickets, deserved man of the series award. Leg spinners can be match winners if used properly as Amit Mishra proved here” Gavaskar told NDTV.
He also told about how a captain’s faith in a player can do wonders for the team and the bowler. He feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni invited Mishra to toss the ball up.
“Mahendra Singh Dhoni invited Mishra to toss the ball up. When captain encourages bowlers half the battle is won.”
India went into the series without Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. But Mishra did not let India feel their absence. He bowled superbly throughout the series.
India next faces England and Gavaskar feels India should pursue a three-man bowling attack for the series. Gavaskar quoted “A three-man spin attack will be good against England if they get similar pitches.
Gavaskar was all praise for the Indian youngsters who performed well in the series. This was an opportunity for many of the players which they took nicely. Gavaskar picked Kedar Jadhav as the best young performer. He also praised the Indian skipper saying that his usage of Kedar Jadhav was excellent.
Virat Kohli’s innings was instrumental in India’s big total in the 5th ODI feels Gavaskar. Gavaskar quoted “Kohli is relishing the responsibility, he looked after Rohit Sharma and let him play his natural game. Not only is he taking on the responsibility but also helping other batsmen around him”.