Amit Mishra rejoiced in his fine all-round performance in the Deccan Chargers’ surprise win over the Mumbai Indians in Saturday’s Indian Premier League clash at the Wankhede Stadium
Bottom of the 10-man standings and heavy underdogs headed into the match, the Hyderabad-bred franchise upstaged Sachin Tendulkar’s in-form Mumbai outfit thanks largely to Mishra’s cameo with the bat and fine figures with the ball.
Mishra struck 18 runs off six deliveries down the order as Deccan’s choice to bat first ended at 135 for six and then bagged one for eight across four superb overs, as the hosts’ reply was restricted to 125 for eight in their 20-over allotment.
“I have been concentrating on my batting for the past six to seven months. Also on my fitness. I feel if I need to bat like this then I can make 15 or 20 runs. In the team you might need to contribute with the bat, so I am putting in the effort with my batting,” said Mishra, who bagged the Man of the Match award on Saturday.
The right-hander hit four consecutive boundaries off seamer Munaf Patel in the last over of the Chargers’ innings, and for his cavalier strides, fetched a mouthful from the Mumbai seamer during a heated exchange of words.
“There was nothing to the altercation, really. It happens. It’s not like I haven’t been angry before. The only thing is that it wasn’t visible before and here it could be seen,” added the 28-year-old leg-spinner.
“I think that over was the turning point of the match because it yielded a lot of runs. Maybe, we won because of that.”
Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma was left to rubbish suggestions of complacency in the ranks as their pursuit of a modest target fell 10 runs short.
Sachin Tendulkar’s knock of 37 was as good as it got for the eventual losers, while Rohit, Symonds, Aiden Blizzard, Ambati Rayudu and Tirumalasetti Suman all fell cheaply.
“No, no. I don’t think so. Twenty20 is such a format, anything can happen. Batsmen were never complacent. Anybody can beat anybody in this format and this is what has happened. No need to panic, its just one loss,” insisted Sharma.
“I don’t think it’s a concern. The kind of batting line-up we have, we can chase down any target. But that didn’t happen here. As I said we don’t need to panic. We just need to stay together.”
Deccan’s next fixture is against Pune on Monday. Mumbai face Rajasthan on Friday.