India are slated to play another three-day warm-up game before the Test series gets going from July 21 at Antigua against West Indies.India’s tour match against WICB President XI might have ended on draw but Amit Mishra stood out grabbing 4 wickets. Mishra ended the 122-run stand for second wicket by removing opening Rajendra Chandrika and then picked up three wickets in quick succession. Mishra is already showing signs of success and can play vital role in upcoming four-Test series in Caribbean and later at home. Apart from Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav grabbed wicket apiece. The leg spinner bowled his heart out in extremely taxing conditions. After the match, Mishra was found praising Test skipper Virat Kohli and emphasised on the comfort level shared between the twoIndia vs WICB Presidents’ XI 1st tour match at St Kitts ends in drawWhile speaking to Bcci.tv, Mishra firstly spoke about the track which turned out to be totally unexpected, “I am happy with my performance as bowling on this track was very difficult. To get my bowling rhythm back on a slow batting track is a good sign. We had a good practice game as we had batted well yesterday and also bowled well today (Sunday). I was trying to vary my speed and was looking to ‘confuse’ the batsmen. I didn’t want them to know at what speed I was bowling. I was also mixing up my deliveries; bowling straighter ones in between and turning the rest. I am very happy that on a slow wicket I could dismiss four batsmen.”
Mishra feels the present experience is going to help him in upcoming Test series against West Indies and new head coach, Anil Kumble’s guidance can create the difference, “Yes, the experience is going to help. I have played only one Test, but played more One-Day International (ODI) cricket in the Caribbean. Anil bhai is with us (as Head Coach) and his experience is going to matter a lot. He has played here and he keeps telling us about the conditions. We will utilize his experience and form a strategy together.”
He further stressed Kumble is helping him get better with his techniques and variations, “There are many things that he tells me like my bowling technique, landing and finishing. Looking at the wicket, he tells me which are the areas where I can bowl and the kind of fields that I can set on a slow wicket.” He also gave credit to IPL and he would like to try that out in against West Indies, “Definitely. If there is a need to try that out, I will not hesitate. Test cricket is very different from limited overs, so If feel I may not be required to bowl that kind of a delivery.” ALSO READ: Indians end Day 1 at 258-3 vs Presidents’ XI in 1st tour game
Mishra is happy working with Kohli and finds him a positive aspect across the team, “Kohli is a positive person and he has created a similar positive environment within the team. He always supports me. There are no boundaries. Whenever I want to share something with him, I am free to express my opinion. He tells me, “You’re a wicket taking bowler and that is what you must do. You stay positive and stick to your strengths. Do not think about anything else.” He ended the conversation mentioning that he is working on his batting skills as that would help to add 40-50 runs stand lower down the order, which could help the team.