Indian Leg spinner, Amit Mishra took two wickets in the first innings and one in the second, in the first test match between India and West Indies. Ravichandran Ashwin, however, was the one who stole the limelight by claiming seven wickets in India’s massive victory by an innings and 92 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Amit Mishra may not have taken the spotlight but he was content with his performance because his job was to create pressure on the Windies batsmen, and he delivered.
Mishra justifies his play by saying that the bowlers need to keep bowling and creating pressure and he hopes to pick up few more wickets in the next match. He was quoted saying, “All we can do is try and bowl well, and that is what I am trying to do. Getting wickets is not in your hands. Sometimes partnerships build up and you have to create pressure from either end.”
“So I tried doing that from one end, while the others were picking wickets from the other end, fast bowlers in the first innings and then Ashwin in the second. My role at that time was to keep up the pressure and keep bowling. Hopefully I can take a few more wickets in the next match,” says Mishra who also scored a half century in India’s first innings.
“While batting with Ashwin, we added a 100-plus partnership and we could get 550-plus. So that put added pressure on the West Indies. As I said, it was a collective effort and I am very satisfied with what I did in the first Test. At this moment, we have the momentum and everything is going well. We just have to build on it going forward,” he added.
“We feel highly motivated after that win. It was a collective effort and we did well all around, in batting, bowling, fielding and holding catches, everywhere. But we need to forget all that now and totally concentrate on the next match. For us the effort now is in moving on from that win and yet continuing to do well in the coming match and remainder of the series,” said Mishra.
The Indian Cricket team is on a high after their heroics in the first test but now the question to be asked is this- will they be able to keep their momentum going?