IPL 2021: Delhi Capials leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who his took his all-time tally to 164 wickets after a match-winning spell against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, said he is not focussed on breaking Lasith Malinga’s record for the most wickets by a bowler in the IPL.

Not focussed on breaking Lasith Malinga’s all-time IPL record: Amit Mishra (Courtesy of BCCI/PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amit Mishra, with 164 wickets, is 7 away from breaking Lasith Malinga’s record
  • Malinga, who retired from franchise cricket in January, holds the record for most wickets in IPL
  • Mishra took 4 wickets to help DC beat MI in their IPL 2021 match on Tuesday

Amit Mishra has been one of the unsung heroes of Indian Premier League. The 38-year-old spinner has picked up 164 wickets in 152 matches in the IPL and is just 7 wickets away from breaking Lasith Malinga’s all-time record for the most wickets in the T20 league.

Only thrice has Amit Mishra picked up less than 10 wickets in a season in the IPL. The veteran leg-spinner showcased on Tuesday that he still has the goods to single-handedly win his team high-pressure IPL matches. Playing for the Delhi Capitals, the leg-spinner rattled Mumbai Indians’ batting unit with a match-winning spell of 4 for 24.

Mishra was nearly unplayable as he troubled the Mumbai Indians batsmen with his spin-bolwing prowess. The leg-spinner got the big wicket of a well-set Rohit Sharma by beating him with flight at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai where batsmen found it hard to score runs.

Mishra then picked up Hardik Pandya and trapped Kieron Pollard LBW with a wrong’un that the West Indies captain failed to pick. He then wrapped thing up by taking Ishan Kishan’s wicket as Mumbai Indians were restricted to 137 for 9 in their quota of 20 overs.

Speaking to Prithvi Shaw after the match-winning spell, the Delhi Capitals spinner said he is not focussed on breaking Malinga’s record but helping the Capitals win matches in the ongoing IPL season. Malinga, with 170 wickets, is on top of the wicket-taker’s list but the former Mumbai Indians pacer retired from franchise cricket earlier this year.

“I don’t have any specific plans (getting there in the next 2 matches). I never focussed on breaking Lasith Malinga’s record. But I will try to keep picking wickets. It will be good if I get there quickly. Like today, I want to keep performing for Delhi Capitals and help the team win,” Mishra told the IPL website.

How Mishra outfoxes Rohit: The DC spinner explains

Mishra got Rohit Sharma out for the 7th time in IPL – a joint record for a bowler for maximum dismissals against a particular batsman. The Mumbai Indians captain tried to skip down the track and hit Mishra into the stands but the leg-spinner bowled it wide and had Rohit caught at long-on.

Speaking about his dominance over Rohit, Mishra added: “I try to keep the ball away from his hitting zones and take the pace off, which will force him to go against his strengths. I also try to beat him with flight and I have been successful thus far.”



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