I always bowl to my strength: Amit Mishra

Hyderabad, April 20 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who equalled Lasith Malinga’s record of 85 wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Friday, said there aren’t too many secrets in his bowling.

Mishra was not aware of the fact that he had equalled Malinga’s record.

“No, I knew I was placed second but it’s good to know that I have equalled him now. The best players from all over the world come together in the IPL and to perform well here is a big achievement for me,” he said Saturday.

Mishra, who regained the purple cap for the leading wicket taker, bagged 2/29 as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated a struggling Kings XI Punjab side by five wickets and move to the top of the table.

The 30-year-old said the secret to his bowling has been “bowl to my strengths.”

“I know and everyone tells me that I am a wicket-taking bowler. So, I work more on my wicket-taking skills. I believe getting wickets is the best way to put the pressure on the batting side in the T20 format,” Mishra was quoted as saying by IPLT20.com.

Mishra said he was keen on taking some advice from Pakistan’s champion leggie Mushtaq Ahmed, who is a spin-bowling consultant with Delhi Daredevils.

“I am looking forward to talking to him at length about my bowling and leg-spin bowling in general when Delhi Daredevils come to play in Hyderabad. I just want to ask him about my flaws and how I can improve as a bowler,” he said.

Asked about the changes he has brought to his bowling, Mishra said: “I do bring in a lot of changes. I keep varying the pace, use the googly more often, bowl top spin, flipper, etc. Like that the batsman will not be at ease knowing what’s coming his way. The idea is to keep him guessing.”

Mishra feels great at getting the purple cap but he is not overwhelmed.

“It feels really great, especially because my performance is helping the team win. It’s fun celebrating your own performance only after you have won as a team. It’s a good feeling to be consistent in this fickle format,” he said.

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