Amit Mishra is an Indian leg spinner who plays for Haryana in the Ranji Trophy. He was born on 24th November 1982, and hails from Delhi. He has played for the Indian team in 68 games across all formats.
Mishra is an attacking right-arm leg break bowler and can also prove to be a tail-ender batsman when called upon. An accurate bowler, he relies on the flight of the ball and a big leg-break, which is his stock delivery.
He also surprises batsmen with his unorthodox googly. As a leg spinner, he is not dependent on the pitch to turn the ball and employs his wrists to rip the sphere.
Mishra made his first class debut in the 2000-01 season. After being overlooked by the Delhi team, he moved to Haryana who needed a leg spinner at that time.
Surprisingly, Mishra started out as a batsman and his ability to turn the ball was honed out by his mentor and coach Sanjay Bhardwaj. Even when playing for Under 17 team, he performed better with the bat than the ball.
Mishra has played for the likes of Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils and currently plies trade for the latter in the Indian Premier League.
He made his ODI debut on 13th April 2003, against South Africa in the TVS Cup at Dhaka. He managed to get a wicket in the game which India won by 153 runs.
India’s two best spinners of all time, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, were playing in their prime at that period, and there was no space to accommodate Mishra.
He was called up to play for the test team in 2002 against West Indies, but did not make the playing XI. He made his Test debut almost 6 years later in 2008, against Australia at Mohali. He scalped 5 wickets in the first innings, helping India restrict Australia and eventually win the match.
Rise to Glory
He rose to prominence after the retirement of Anil Kumble, and was a regular in the Indian team in 2011.
Mishra particularly impressed in the ODI series against Zimbabwe in July 2013, as he was the leading wicket-taker of the tournament with 18 wickets.
In the Asia Cup of 2014, Mishra conceded only 28 runs from his ten overs and took two wickets. He was awarded the Player of the Series in New Zealand’s 2016-17 tour of India for his outstanding performances in the ODIs.
Mishra has been often overshadowed by better bowlers like the aforementioned Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and later by the rise of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
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.