The 40-year-old Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra is hopeful of being picked by an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise at the upcoming mini-auction, which is all set to be held on December 23 in Kochi.
Amit Mishra had previously represented the Delhi-based franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and now-defunct Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The veteran leg-spinner is the only bowler in the history of the cash-rich league to bag three hat-tricks.
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Meanwhile, Mishra said that he still has cricket left in him and is keeping himself fit to perform.
“I have some 2-3 years of cricket left in me. I am keeping myself fit and my performance in domestic cricket last and this season have not been bad either. I am hopeful to be bought by a franchise (at this week’s IPL auction),” he told PTI.
He added that leg-spin bowling is still very impactful across all three formats of the game.
“Earlier, people thought that the utility of leg spin was diminishing down with the advent of T20 cricket. But they have been completely proved wrong. Leg spin is not just effective in Test cricket but it’s equally effective in limited overs cricket.”
I being a leg spinner, along with Yuzvendra Chahal are the two most successful Indian bowlers in IPL history – Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra has bagged 166 wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 154 games at an average of 23.95, an economy of 7.35 and a strike rate of 19.5. He is the joint-highest Indian wicket-taker in the marquee T20 league alongside leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
“Just look at the IPL. I being a leg spinner, along with Yuzvendra Chahal are the two most successful Indian bowlers in IPL history. So why not have more opportunities for the leg spinners in all formats of the game,” Mishra told PTI after a coaching session with budding leg spinners.
The 40-year-old said that there are more than dozens of leg-spinners who have the potential to represent the India National Cricket Team at the highest level.
“India has a big pool of leg spinners. We have quality spinners in domestic cricket. I do not want to take names but there are more than half a dozen leggies who have the potential to get into the Indian side.”
“I am very happy to train any young leg spinner who comes up to me for help,” Mishra said.