Amit Mishra explains how years of hard work is paying off now

Amit Mishra has nine wickets in the series against Zimbabwe from the first three ODIs. The spinner is ecstatic, especially with his rich haul of 4 for 47 in the third match.

updated: July 29, 2013 08:12 IST
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Harare: On a tour where India's focus has largely fallen on the prospects of a new generation of players, one name - Amit Mishra's - has flown under the radar. But over the first three One-Day Internationals against Zimbabwe, Mishra has done everything he could to put himself back in the mind of the selectors.

Prior to this tour, it had been almost two years since Mishra was picked for India, and the challenge for the legspinner was to make sure that this is not another short entry in a stop-start career. Despite making his international debut ten years ago, Mishra has played just 18 ODIs and, at the age of 30, one would expect that time was running out if he wanted to leave any meaningful mark on the game.

So far he has taken his opportunities in Zimbabwe with both hands, picking up nine wickets in the series, including figures of 4 for 47 as India crushed Zimbabwe by seven wickets on Sunday (July 28) to wrap up the series.

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