Veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra starred as Delhi Capitals beat defending champions Mumbai Indians by six wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 20 (Tuesday). In the meantime, Virender Sehwag, the former Indian cricketer, recalled one incident when the leg-spinner asked for a salary hike after his maiden hat-trick in the cash-rich tournament.
Mishra rattled Mumbai’s middle-order returning with figures of four for 24 in his full quota. Subsequently, he also bagged the Player of the Match award as the Delhi-based franchise won the game by six wickets with five balls to spare to go up to the 2nd spot in the IPL 2021 points table.
Amit Mishra is a happy-go-lucky person – Virender Sehwag
Speaking in the light of it, Virender Sehwag reckons that Mishra is a happy-go-lucky personality and is one of the ‘favourites’ among his teammates. Sehwag also recalled a time with the veteran asked for a salary hike after his maiden hat-trick in the IPL.
“He is the kind of guy who is very calm and talks gently to everybody. He gets to mingle with everyone pretty quickly. So that’s why he becomes the favourite of his teammates. When he gets beaten, other players feel for him. And when takes wickets, all are happy for him.
“I remember when he claimed his first hat-trick. I asked him what do you want and he said ‘Viru Bhai, please get my salary increased.’ Now, I feel, he would be getting that much amount of money that he won’t ask for a raise even after getting another hat-trick,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
Adding further Virender Sehwag also showered heaps of praise on Amit Mishra following his game-changing spell against Mumbai Indians at the Chepauk. He picked up the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan to push MI on the backfoot which eventually led to Mumbai’s downfall.
“He bowled really well. That’s why he is one of the best bowlers of this tournament. He has the most wickets as a spinner. Had Rohit Sharma played his normal game against him, he could have scored 60-70 runs easily,” Sehwag added.