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Amit Mishra confident of handling the pressure

Bangalore, Oct.5: Young Amit Mishra may not have been thinking about this afternoon’s selection committee meeting, while trying to fox the West Indies batsmen, but he sure was overwhelmed with his selection for the first two Tests.

“Hum log chaar bhai aur do bahen hain... Nahin, chaar bhai aur teen bahen,” Mishra, 19, mumbled while speaking to The Telegraph at the KSCA Stadium. Realising he had made a mess of answering a perfectly simple question, the leggie laughed and added: “Main lekin sabse chota hoon.”

Mishra’s maiden India call-up, however, is no laughing matter. For good measure, he insisted “there won’t be any pressure” when he does get a place in the XI. “I’m confident I will be able to keep the nerves in check,” Mishra, who is Rohtak-based, remarked.

A Shane Warne admirer, Mishra is known to possess a lethal googly. But, he quickly pointed out that he unleashes it judiciously. “Wicket dekh ke phekna chahiye... Of course, bowling the right line and length is what must always be kept in mind... Today, for instance, I stuck to this basic (for Board President’s XI).”

Talking generally, Mishra said he “chooses” when to flight and entice batsmen. “If the wicket is absolutely flat, there’s no point in flighting. Turn rehne se maaza aata hai...” Asked about his USP, Mishra promptly answered: “Sharp spin.”

Incidentally, Mishra maintained much of the credit for his selection should go to Sanjay Bharadwaj, who runs a coaching centre in New Delhi. The coach, too, is from Rohtak. Mishra, by the way, made it a point to “thank” his family, especially parents Ram Sumer (a former Railway employee) and Chandra Kali, “for so much encouragement.”

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