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Does Amit Mishra's performance in Zimbabwe merit a Test recall?

July 29, 2013 13:48 IST

Does Amit Mishra's performance in Zimbabwe merit a Test recall?

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India spinner Amit Mishra has put on a brilliant show against the Zimbabweans in the current ODI series. With nine wickets at 15.11 runs apiece in three matches, he has set an Indian record in a bilateral series in Zimbabwe in ODIs. Only once in his career, he has taken 10 or more wickets in a series -- 11 at an average of 18.09 in five matches in West Indies in 2011.

Going by his stellar showing, Mishra believes it’s time the selectors take note and consider him for a Test recall.

"I'm not in the Test side. I'll try and do my job in the next two matches, and then it's up to the selectors. I've been waiting a long time for this and I'm doing my best and it's working for me now," said Mishra, who is on his first ODI assignment in two years.

Since his debut in 2008, Mishra has played 13 Tests, taking 43 wickets at an average of 43.30. He played his last Test match three years ago. 


Image: Amit Mishra
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Mishra detailed the changes he has brought to his bowling and how the hard work was paying dividends.

"I've done lots of hard work on my googlies and variations and it's paying off," he said.

"When I came here I was just thinking about the conditions and how to bowl on these kinds of tracks. I've spoken a lot with TP (Trevor Penney) and Duncan (Fletcher) who have given me a few tips," he added.

With R Ashwin being India’s No 1 spin choice of late, Mishra admitted the competition is tough.

"All the players have done so well in domestic cricket, so they came here with the confidence," he said.

"There's a lot of healthy competition going on -- everyone wants to do well for India, so it's working well for the Indian team."


Image: Amit Mishra
Photographs: Harry Engels/Getty Images

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