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'I don't think I'm only a Test bowler'

Last updated on: May 15, 2011 09:19 IST

Leg spinner Amit Mishra, who has been selected in the Indian ODI and T20 teams for the upcoming tour of the West Indies considers himself good enough for all formats of the game.

"I don't know who has said that I'm a Test bowler. I have been bowling in the IPL for the past four years and have been among the leading wicket-takers. I have been performing at all levels. I don't think I'm only a Test bowler," Mishra told reporters in Mumbai after winning the man of the IPL match award.

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Mishra till date has played 10 ODIs, taking only eight wickets.

The Haryana captain is certainly happy to have made a comeback to the national squad for the tour of the West Indies after being ignored for the World Cup.

"I always try to give my best at whatever I do. I'm happy that my name is in the team," he said.

Amit MishraMishra, who scored a quickfire 18 of just six balls and conceded just 18 runs in his four overs in Saturday's match against Mumbai Indians, felt that the last over of the Deccan Chargers' innings, bowled by Munaf Patel, in which the visitors smacked 23 runs was the turning point of the match.

"Yes I felt that (Munaf's over) was the main point of the match. About 23 runs came of that over. We also bowled and fielded well," added the Deccan Chargers' bowler.

On his altercation with Munaf, he said, "It happens. It's not that it has never happened with me before. It's just that I have never shown my anger on the field, but today it got reflected."

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Mishra said Australian Cameron White, who is the vice-captain of the squad, is likely to take over once Kumar Sangakkara leaves for national duty with Sri Lanka.

"Cameron White is the vice-captain, maybe he'll take over once Sangakkara is gone," he added.

Mishra feels that the four boundaries he hit in the match was a result of the effort he put in on his batting.

"For the last 6-7 months, I am concentrating on my batting and fitness. I feel there are many occasions when some crucial 15-20 runs are needed from you. I want to contribute in all ways," he added.

The leg-spinner said there is a healthy competition between him and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and this is helping him improve his bowling.

"There is healthy competition between me and Pragyan. We always talk to each other about how to improve ourselves. I feel my bowling has improved because of such competition," he said.

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