Best Bowling Performances of Amit Mishra in IPL
At 37 years of age and with no glimpse of international cricket insight, most cricketers will not get a contract from an IPL team. Amongst the very few who will, most will fetch a very basic payment. But at the same age, Amit Mishra is on a lucrative INR 4 crores per year contract with Delhi Capitals.
And why shouldn’t he be? He is vastly experienced, still has loads of trickery in his kitty, and also has some wonderful records to show for. But one record which looks more and more impossible to break as the seasons go by is his feat of three hat-tricks.
5 Best Bowling Performances of Amit Mishra in IPL
Consistency is what has set Amit Mishra apart, and the hat-trick stat is just a testament to that. He has bowled some amazing spells in the competition, so let us have a look at the Top Bowling Performance of Piyush Chawla in IPL:
5. 3/14 vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Amit Mishra has sported a plethora of jerseys, but his IPL career started with black and red jerseys of Delhi Daredevils, who now go by the name of Delhi Capitals. In this 2009 match against Kolkata Knight Riders, we got to witness the 26-year-old Amit Mishra at his peak.
Batting first, KKR had a horrendous start as they lost their top three before putting just 10 runs on the scoreboard. Then it was the turn of skipper Sourav Ganguly to build a partnership, with inexperienced Yashpal Singh by his side. The partnership was once looking menacing, but Mishra blunted it by dismissing Yashpal Singh. In that over, he also got the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha. His finishing punch came to a few overs later when he got the wicket of Aussie all-rounder Moises Henriques.
4. 4/11 vs Kings XI Punjab
Best Bowling Performances of Amit Mishra in IPL: Most of the mentions on this list will feature Amit Mishra in his twenties, but this is a match from the 2016 season. Kings XI Punjab batted first and lost Murali Vijay early to a runout. Shaun Marsh and Manan Vohra then crafted a 31-run first-wicket stand, but Mishra broke it by sending Marsh back to the pavilion.
In his next over, he practically won the match for Delhi as he dismissed two of Punjab’s best batters in the same over in David Miller and Glenn Maxwell. To complete his 4-wicket haul, he took the wicket of Punjab’s lone standing warrior Manan Vohra in the next over.
3. 4/19 vs Pune Warriors India
Not that the previous two mentions were any less special, but this is where things start getting interesting. We shift our focus to the hat-tricks, starting with this special spell against Pune Warriors India in 2013. Batting first, Mishra’s then side Sunrisers Hyderabad only scored 119 runs.
Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch provided the Orange Army with a good start, but Thisara Perera got them both dismissed. Mishra joined the party late, but he took the important wicket of Pune’s second-highest run-scorer in this match, Angelo Mathews. Things went right down the wire, and Pune’s tail only needed to score 12 runs to clinch a win. But what instead occurred was a special hat-trick. Mishra’s victims this time around were – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma and Amit Mishra.
2. 4/9 vs Kings XI Punjab
Top Bowling Performance of Piyush Chawla in IPL: Now it is time to have a look at Mishra’s second IPL hat-trick, which came against Kings XI Punjab in 2011. Back then, Mishra played for the now-defunct Deccan Chargers. Batting first, the Chargers scored a massive total of 195 runs.
Punjab had a poor start, but skipper Adam Gilchrist kept the scoreboard ticking. Daniel Christian got the better of his countryman, and then it was time for ‘The Amit Mishra Show’. His first victim was Ryan McLaren, and then he dismissed Mandeep Singh with his next ball. To complete his second hat-trick, he dismissed Ryan Harris. He, later on, added another prey to his list in the form of Praveen Kumar.
1. 5/17 vs Deccan Chargers
Amit Mishra’s first IPL hat-trick came in the inaugural season of the tournament. Quite interestingly, it was against the team for which Mishra got his second hat-trick for. Batting first, Mishra’s then team Delhi Capitals scored 194 runs. Chasing the target, Shahid Afridi and Herschelle Gibbs gave Chargers a good foundation.
Mishra dismissed them both in the span of a couple of overs. But he was far from being done. It was on the very last over when things kicked off. Chargers needed 15 runs to win but instead had to endure a hat-trick. Mishra’s three victims things time were – Dwaraka Ravi Teja, RP Singh and Pragyan Ojha.