Series Against New Zealand Was Quite Satisfying, Says Amit Mishra
Despite an otherwise poor Test series against England, Amit Mishra can look back at the year gone by with a lot of satisfaction. The veteran leg-spinner might have struggled in the two Tests he featured in against England, as he took wickets at over 50 a piece. But Mishra had an unforgettable outing against the visiting New Zealand side in the ODI series in October as he picked up 15 wickets in five games.
The 15 wickets included a five-wicket haul in the fifth ODI at Vizag. Mishra recently caught up with Times Of India and opened up about the year gone by. Below are the excerpts from his interview.
About the year gone by…
I think the biggest takeaway for me this season is the Man of the Series award in the one-dayers against New Zealand. When I look back, it gives me a sense of peace and satisfaction. One of the biggest lessons of the year has been to stay fit and avoid injuries. Given the number of youngsters coming into the team, it becomes difficult to make a comeback from injuries. One of the main criteria to keep a place in the team is fitness. The other thing I have learnt is to assess situations quickly, in terms of the kind of deliveries to be bowled to each batsman.
Having Anil Kumble around…
As a coach, he is very humble and supportive. He is always motivating me to do better. Even during our playing days, I always enjoyed his backing, but given his accomplishments, I was hesitant and scared to open up to him. Now the equation has changed. He is more a friend and mentor now, so I open up to him easily.
Competition within the team…
Honestly speaking, it is very healthy competition. There is a lot of mutual respect among us. We gel very well and wish well for each other. In fact, when I like something about their game, I ask questions and feed off their knowledge and that has been a two-way process in our team. One of the key learnings for me from the youngsters has been to shed inhibitions and ask questions. Now I don’t hold back my thoughts, instead I express myself freely. I wasn’t like that before and I’m glad I’ve changed for the better, thanks to them.
Efforts to improve his fitness…
I have changed my diet and lifestyle and lost weight. I have stopped eating rotis and completely cut out carbs. Considering I’m a vegetarian, I had to work doubly hard on my diet. I’ve learnt to spend more time in the gym and respect my body, its needs and demands. The game has become faster and it is important to stay in sync. I’ve worked hard on it.
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