Kumble's support during lean phase helped me: Mishra

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 30, 2016 12:51 hrs
Mishra shines as India restrict New Zealand to 260

Leg spinner Amit Mishra who scalped a whooping 15 wickets in the ODI series that India won said that head coach Anil Kumble supported him during the lean phase,

Mishra grabbed 5/18 in India's 190-run rout of New Zealand and earned the Man of the Series award for his consistent performances.

"His (Anil Kumble) mental support is the biggest thing for me. I sat out for the entire Test series but he supported me mentally and told me "don't worry, your time will come"," Mishra, said at the post-match media conference.

"Whenever I went to bowl in the nets, he always gave me tips on how to improve your bowling, like the seam position... He told me "you can improve batting also". He's always there to rectify your small mistakes," Mishra added.

"At this stage of career, I have to perform. I am a wicket-taking bowler. It has become a sort of 'trademark' that 'Amit ayega to wicket nikalega' (Amit will always give a breakthrough)."

Asked if he regrets about not getting fair share of chances, Mishra's disappointment was palpable bit he tried to reason it out.

"I'm happy for all the hard work I've put in. I've performed well and became man of the series. It's the second series where I've played five matches continuously. Highest wicket-taker and played five matches. Especially final match. It was a lot of pressure. To perform well here, it feels great," he signed off.

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