New Delhi: In the second match of Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla home ground Delhi managed to win with the tremendous performance of leg-spinner Amit Mishra.
“I had some plans. I had watched some videos. I had discussed with Zak (Zaheer) how to get them out if they go for big shots. The plan was successful, and I am happy,” Mishra told a post-match press conference to reporters after Delhi defended the 112-run target with 39 balls to spare.
I think the wicket of Miller was the turning point because it created a lot of pressure on them. I am very happy that I got a purple cap on my 100th match.
Purple cap holder with 116 wickets, Amit Mishra, became the second highest wicket-taker in IPL history after Sri Lankan fast-bowler Lasith Malinga.
We get an idea from the body language of the batsmen as to when they are thinking of going for a big shot, but I think what is more important is that I got the wickets on those particular deliveries.
On the question of why he didn’t bowl the last over, Amit Mishra, who managed to make figures of 3-0-11-4, said:
“The plan was to give the fast bowlers more overs. It will help them as they need to bowl more at the death in the next matches. The best thing for me is that I contributed in the team’s win.”
Delhi Daredevil’s star said the wicket was not supportive, but the slowness of the track did help him to take the four wickets.
It could have been a high-scoring game as well if we had not taken the wickets at regular intervals. I can’t say it was a supportive wicket, but it was slow wicket so it was an advantage because we took wickets before they could gauge the track.
Asked his opinion about first over of Zaheer Khan in initial spell, Mishra said:
Zaheer Bhai has always been a wicket-taker bowler whenever he has played. His spell created a lot of pressure, and it helped me. Because when spinners come to bowl, batsmen think that they will go after the spinners, and it creates more chances of taking wickets.