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Amit Mishra talks about India's morale and special plans of tackling Dinesh Chandimal

664   //    19 Aug 2015, 12:22 IST
Amit Mishra is resolute that India’s team morale is not down despite defeat in the 1st Test

The upcoming India-Sri Lanka match promises to be an exciting one. Not only is it cricketing legend Kumar Sangakkara’s last match, but Dinesh Chandimal seems to be in brilliant form. Despite this, Amit Mishra is determined to make sure that this game doesn’t turn out to be like the last one. 

“We have seen his videos and we will definitely discuss more about him in the team meeting. We will discuss how to bowl at him (if he tries a similar approach again). Fields will be set accordingly and the idea will be to try and restrict him to playing as few shots as possible and build as much pressure as we can. We will keep attacking him,” said Mishra, according to The Hindu.

“I don’t think that Indian batsmen struggle against spin; in fact all our batsmen are among the best against spin.

“Whenever we bowl at them even at nets, it doesn’t look like that at all. What happens instead is that sometimes you lose one or two wickets under pressure. Anyone can make mistakes under pressure but I don’t think there is any lack of skill against spin,” he said.

Should have been more aggressive in second innings: Mishra

Mishra was sure that the team’s morale was high despite the recent humiliating loss.

“We should have been more aggressive in our batting in the second innings at Galle and more positive. However, there is nothing lacking in team morale despite the defeat and we are looking to make double the effort in this second Test.

“We are playing Test cricket after a bit of a gap, so we made a few mistakes in Galle. But will work on them and improve. Whatever positives we got from that match, we will take them forward,” said Mishra.

The second Test starts in Colombo on Thursday.

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