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Amit Mishra promises more aggression

AGE CORRESPONDENT
Published : Apr 15, 2016, 3:18 am IST
Updated : Apr 15, 2016, 3:18 am IST

Looking to overcome a poor start to their IPL-9 campaign, the Delhi Daredevils will go hard at Kings XI Punjab at the Kotla here on Friday, promised senior bowler Amit Mishra.

Amit Mishra
 Amit Mishra

Looking to overcome a poor start to their IPL-9 campaign, the Delhi Daredevils will go hard at Kings XI Punjab at the Kotla here on Friday, promised senior bowler Amit Mishra.

“We have a lot of good players. We have some big hitters in Carlos Brathwaite and Sanju Samson is also there in the middle order but we need to boost our middle order and click as a unit. We will look to have a positive approach,” Mishra said on match eve.

“Preparations are going on well. We have been working hard at the nets. We’re confident and want to do well. A few matches may not go our way initially but we are going to go all out with an aggressive approach.

“The pitches so far are conducive to batting and as a bowler you need to have variety and think how the batsmen is going to play us and accordingly bowl.”

On new mentor Rahul Dravid and coach Paddy Upton, who have moved over from the suspended Rajasthan Royals, Mishra said, “Dravid is a great player and he is respected by all. “He shares his experiences and tells a batsman what shots to play staying within his particular style. To the bowlers, he says to go for the wicket and not worry about going for runs.”

On Dravid as a likely Team India coach, Mishra said: “I can’t say aboutthe India team. But Dravid is a good coach. He gives a lot of space to all and never speaks anything negative to any player. So no one is unhappy with him. Everyone respects him.”

Asked if he was looking to use the IPL to regain his place in the Test side, Mishra said: “I don’t want to put pressure on myself. I want to just focus on IPL and not worry about what will happen one and a half month later.

“Right now, I want to be in the top 10 wicket takers list this IPL season. Delhi didn’t do well in the last two years and we want to finish in the top four and we are looking to start that journey from here in Delhi,” added Mishra.

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