Amit Mishra is an Indian leg spinner who competes in the Ranji Trophy for Haryana. He was born on November 24, 1982, in Delhi, India. He has appeared in 68 games for India in all platforms.
Mishra is an aggressive right-arm leg break bowler who can also bat as a tail-ender if necessary. He is a precise bowler who depends on the flight of the ball and his standard delivery, which is a major leg-break.
Batsmen are also surprised by his unusual googly. He does not depend on the pitch to transform the ball as a leg spinner; instead, he uses his wrists to rip the sphere.
In the 2000-01 season, Mishra made his first appearance in the first division. He moved to Haryana after being ignored by the Delhi team. Haryana needed a leg spinner at the time.
Surprisingly, Mishra began his career as a batsman, and his ability to spin the ball was honed by Sanjay Bhardwaj, his mentor and coach. He was quicker with the bat than the ball even though he was playing for the Under 17 side.
Mishra has played for the Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, and is currently with the latter.
In the TVS Cup in Dhaka on April 13, 2003, he made his ODI debut against South Africa. In the game, which India won by 153 runs, he managed to get a wicket.
Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, India’s two best spinners of all time, were in their prime at the time, and there was no room for Mishra.
In 2002, he was called up to play for the test team against the West Indies, but he was not included in the starting lineup. In 2008, he made his Test debut against Australia in Mohali, nearly six years back. In the first innings, he took five wickets, assisting India in restricting Australia and ultimately winning the match.
Rise to Glory
After Anil Kumble’s retirement, he rose to fame and became a regular in the Indian squad in 2011.
Mishra shone in the ODI series against Zimbabwe in July 2013, where he was the tournament’s top wicket-taker with 18 wickets.
Mishra took two wickets and conceded just 28 runs in ten overs during the 2014 Asia Cup. For his excellent performances in the One-Day Internationals, he was named Player of the Series during New Zealand’s 2016-17 tour of India.
Better bowlers like the aforementioned Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, and later the emergence of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have always overshadowed Mishra.
He is the first player in IPL history to take three hat-tricks. His 18 wickets in the series against Zimbabwe is equal to Javagal Srinath’s world record of most wickets in a bilateral ODI series.