We are giving importance to tail-enders getting runs, says Amit Mishra

Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra on Saturday said the team is emphasising on improving the batting skills of the lower-order batsmen so that they can be handy in crunch situations in the West Indies.

PTI, Jul, 03 2016

Bengaluru: Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra on Saturday said the team is emphasising on improving the batting skills of the lower-order batsmen so that they can be handy in crunch situations in the West Indies.

"The team is giving lot of importance to tail-enders - bowlers - to get runs so as to slacken the spirits of the opposition and help gain advantage over them," he told reporters.

Mishra said the team is going to the West Indies with an "open mind", since they are not sure of playing conditions.

File photo of Amit Mishra. AFP

File photo of Amit Mishra. AFP

"Our main focus will be to acclimatise to the conditions and perform to the best of our abilities. More than the technical aspects, team's focus is on planning - on how to execute the strategies," he said.

On his interactions with new coach Anil Kumble, Mishra said, "I have been interacting with Anil Kumble for the last 15 years. He always tells me to add variations and that's what I am trying to do."

Mishra also said everyone including Kumble is supporting rookie pacer Shardul Thakur.

"Whatever help he requires we are ready to give. I think he is very happy at this kind of setup, especially having Anil Kumble and others in the side," he said.

Mishra said West Indies is a good side as they have good fast bowlers and batsmen.

Published Date: Jul 03, 2016 | Updated Date: Jul 03, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115