Delhi Daredevils spinner Amit Mishra is the second most successful bowler in the history of the tournament, and maintains that slow bowlers will have a key role to play in this year’s tournament as well.
Mishra has 124 wickets IPL wickets to his name, second only to Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, who has 143.
“You must have variation if you are to succeed at this level,” Mishra told the media on Wednesday. Other Delhi spinners Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem and Murugan Ashwin also attended the interaction.
“When to bowl slow, when to go faster, it’s important to get the maximum out of your variations. Sometimes it may not work, but if you are a quality bowler, you have more chances to succeed,” Mishra went on to add.
Mishra said containing batsmen in T20 doesn’t work. “The spinner’s role is very crucial in the first 10 overs. My effort has always been to take a wicket or two, while stopping the boundaries,” explained Mishra.
Off-spinner Jayant Yadav chipped in, “To stop power-hitters, you have to be really aware of everything - the batsman, the conditions and the situation of the game.”
“You have to read it really fast. Every ball in Twenty20 can win you a match. You just have to be aware of the situation and what the batsman is trying to do to outthink and outsmart him.”
Nadeem said adding he would concentrate on hitting the right line.
“Spinners must find the right line and length and deceive batsmen in the air. Normally, batsmen try to score against you, so if you can deceive him in the air, you always have a chance to get him out,” Nadeem concluded.
--By A Cricket Correspondent