Mishra determined to step into Kumble's shoes

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Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 12:30 [IST]
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Mishra to fill void created by Kumble

Kolkata, Apr 24: India's leg spinner Amit Mishra feels he can fill the void created by legendary spinner Anil Kumble's retirement four years ago, if given an opportunity.

After Kumble's retirement, Harbhajan Singh was considered to be India's spin wizard but that did not work as the turbanator's loss of form added to team's worries.

The selectors did try Mishra, Piyush Chawla and Rahul Sharma - the leg spin trio but none of them were able to cope up at the international level.

Mishra, who has high regard for the legendary spinner feels that the void created by his retirement is hard to fill as he has served the country for 15 years.

"Anilbhai has served Indian cricket for more than 15 years. It's difficult to fill the void overnight. But I'm working hard on my bowling. Agar mauka mile, mein puri koshish karoonga ki Anilbhai ki kami mehsoos na ho (I will try my best not to let Anilbhai's absence felt)," the 29-year-old told PTI on Monday.

He further said that he talks to Kumble when he feels there is a need.

"When I feel the need, I talk to Anilbhai. He has been really a good support. He has been my idol. I am giving my best. Hope I do well by the God's grace."

When asked him about his career's ups and downs after claiming a five-for in his debut Test against Australia in 2008-09, his cricketing career has taken many deviations, he was very optimistic as he said 'the best is yet to come'.

"Every sportsperson has ups and downs in life. But I feel the best is yet to come. I am eagerly waiting for an opportunity to come my away," the leg-spinner said.


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