Mishra relying on experience and Kumble
India spinner, Amit Mishra, will use his experience of limited overs cricket in the Caribbean as well as the immense bank of knowledge that is coach, Anil Kumble, to help him succeed on the tour of the West Indies.
Mishra bowled well in the warm-up match against the WICB Presidents XI, picking up 4/67 and will look to take advice from Kumble.
The spinner told bcci.tv: "Yes, the experience is going to help. I have played only one Test, but played more one-day cricket in the Caribbean. Anil bhai is with us and his experience is going to matter a lot. He has played here and he keeps telling us about the conditions. We will utilise his experience and form a strategy together,"
Mishra's India career began as Kumble's was ending, in fact Mishra made his debut in the coach's final match as a player, and he will look to glean as much knowledge from the legendary tweaker as he can.
The 33-year-old continued: "There are many things that he tells me like my bowling technique, landing and finishing. Looking at the wicket, he tells me the areas where I can bowl and the kind of fields that I can set on a slow wicket."
The leggie praised captain Virat Kohli's positive approach, saying: "Virat 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'."
Consistency has been a problem for Mishra in the past, but he insists he has been working hard to improve: "I bowl about two hours daily in the nets and also bowl with one stump for another half hour so that I do not lose my accuracy.
"It requires a lot of effort and I never shy away from working hard. I make sure that when I am not able to land my variation in the right spots, my leg spin, which is my most important weapon works perfectly.
"There are times when as a bowler you do not get the desired rhythm and in those times your leg spin (stock ball) must land perfectly. I bowl a lot in the nets and that is the reason why I have been able to be more accurate."
The legbreak bowler feels playing on a flat track in the warm-up game was helpful: "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."
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