India's comeback leg-spinner Amit Mishra says he'll rely on his own form rather than watch Pakistan leggie's exploits in island nation to gain confidence against SL
Chennai: He is expectedly happy to have made a comeback into the Test squad but Amit Mishra said that "he does not need" to look at Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah's recent exploits to get a morale-booster ahead of three-Test series against Sri Lanka.
Amit Mishra and Yasir Shah. Pics/AFP
"You don't need someone's (referring to Yasir Shah) performance to necessarily boost your confidence. I'm always confident about myself when I bowl well. I'm in good form and performing well, so I am confident. But yes, what is important is to adapt to the conditions quickly," Mishra told mediapersons on the sidelines of the first 'unofficial Test' between India 'A' and Australia 'A' yesterday.
Mishra however, was dismissive about the pressure of making a comeback into the longer format after a gap of four years. He had last played a Test match at the Oval against England in the disastrous Summer of 2011.
"I do not want to put unnecessary burden on myself about good performance. I want to go with a free mind and try to play to my potential. If I have got an opportunity, I will give my best. I am happy with my comeback. Of course, it'll be a tough tour. They are good players of spin bowling, so no doubt it is going to be tough.
"But will see what can be improved. Will try our best. The selectors have always trusted me and they have given me chance once again it feels good. I have also added variety in my bowling. I have started varying the pace of my deliveries." The portly Haryana leggie however made it clear that even though he wanted a comeback, he was not too desperate but it was there at the back of his mind.
"Yes, Sri Lankan series is going to be challenging and that's what we expect as players . To go out and perform well. I was not desperate but it's always there at the back of your mind that you want to play for India. And now, I am here to perform and enjoy the game."
Number of wickets taken by Yasir Shah in the recently concluded three-Test series against Sri Lanka
Matches: 13, Wkts: 43,
Average: 43.30, Eco: 3.19
Matches: 27, Wkts: 45,
Average: 23.95, Eco: 4.59
Matches: 7, Wkts: 11,
Average: 15.27, Eco: 6.46
Matches: 134, Wkts: 471,
Average: 29.14, Eco: 3.01
> List A
Matches: 114, Wkts: 184,
Average: 24.26, Eco: 4.52