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Mishra happy to play mentor to young spinners

October 31, 2016 20:06 IST

'As a senior bowler, I had the opportunity to talk to the youngsters in the side and share my knowledge'

India's Amit Mishra celebrates a wicket with his teammates

IMAGE: India's Amit Mishra celebrates a wicket with his teammates. Photograph: BCCI

For a senior player it's important to walk the talk, which is precisely what Amit Mishra wants to do so that the juniors can follow his example.

Mishra bagged 18 wickets in the recently concluded five-match ODI series against New Zealand, is happy to mentor newcomers like Jayant Yadav and Axar Patel.

"As a senior bowler, I had the opportunity to talk to the youngsters in the side and share my knowledge. You can only make them understand, when you raise your game. If you lift your performance, they will get inspired and follow what you say," Mishra told bcci.tv.

Mishra, who did not make it to the playing XI for the three-Test series against the Kiwis, said that he was always aiming to get wickets rather than play a restrictive role.

"In this series, I was always looking to take wickets. Yes, I did bowl according to the situation, but my objective was to go for wickets. If you look to contain, you are going to get hit," Mishra said.

Mishra termed this win as a crucial one for Team India.

"This is a very crucial series win for us. We had a young group and it is important that their morale stays high. The series was leveled and this was the final, and the kind of performance that the boys have shown, bowling them out in just 24 overs, is very important.

"Now, when they play for India again, they will know what needs to be done and how they can get better. This win has sent a positive message to the youngsters."

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