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.