Delhi Capitals (DC) experienced leg-spinner Amit Mishra made a successful return to the playing XI with the IPL 2021 fixture on Tuesday (April 20) versus defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in Chennai.
Mishra, one of the finest spinners in the history of IPL cricket, picked up four wickets in his brilliant spell of 4/24 despite facing up against a power-packed MI batting unit.
Amit Mishra’s craft and smarts were on display once again as he made a telling impact on his team’s fortunes on his comeback. The 38-year-old helped DC restrict MI to a manageable first-innings score of 137/9 on another Chepauk track offering spinners decent grip and turn off different lengths.
Amit Mishra tightened up the screws on MI batters and forced them to take risks against him in order to get their big shots going. He got the prized scalps of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and also Ishan Kishan, something any bowler would savour by the end of a spell against MI.
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Amit Mishra got Hardik out caught at long-on as he tried to fetch a maximum off a ball delivered wide outside the off-stump. He then got Pollard out by deceiving him with a beautiful googly, which pinned the batter in front of the stumps for an LBW. Mishra also dismissed Kishan edging a full ball back on to the stumps.
While Mishra would’ve been pleased with those, what would’ve warmed his heart the most through the spell is the wicket of Rohit. Not just because Rohit was batting well at the time but also due to the record he managed to break by seeing the back of the opposition captain.
As Amit Mishra got Rohit out caught after miscuing a swing down the ground, he became the bowler with the most number of dismissals against the elegant right-hander. Mishra has now got Rohit out for a record seven times in IPL history. Vinay Kumar and Sunil Narine are joint second in the list with six dismissals each.
One of the most successful spinners in IPL cricket, Amit Mishra has taken 164 wickets since the tournament’s inception from 152 matches with an economy rate of 7.34. Mishra is expected to form a lethal spin pair with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as DC go deeper into the Chennai leg of their IPL 2021 league stage fixtures.