It is not age but form that matters most for Amit Mishra, who regrets not finding his name in the Indian team for the fourth Test starting in Nagpur on Thursday.
“I am 30 years, but I think age has nothing to do, at least for a spinner,” said Mishra.
Mishra’s Haryana denied Maharashtra a victory in their latest Group B match of the ongoing Ranji Trophy at the Subrata Roy Sahara stadium in Ghaunje near Pune.
“I still have many years of cricket left in me and I want to make it to the team once again,” said Mishra, who has been one of the major contributors with his willow for his team. “It is just not bowling, but I have been among the run getters for the side. Now-a-days, every team wants the bowlers to contribute with the bat too. So, I am also working on it,” said Mishra, who wants to take a cue from R Ashwin.
What is more disturbing the Haryana skipper is the fact that most of the Indian pitches are not spinner friendly, at least in Ranji Trophy, and the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium pitch was one such. He took two wickets on that pitch for 93 runs.
“I will do my part and leave the rest to the selectors,” Mishra said. “I have played 13 Tests and want to increase that number. It will all depend on me to make the cut,” said the spinner who has an average of 23.05 with the bat in Test cricket with a highest of 84 against England in 2011 and 43.30 with the ball, having taken 43 sticks.
And, with Australia touring India next, Mishra wants to make the most of it in the remaining three Ranji matches