The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) have had a fairly inconsistent season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 so far. Super Giants’ last victory came on April 28 against Punjab Kings (PBKS) and the team – now led by Krunal Pandya – will be desperate for a revival as they meet Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Saturday afternoon. In the game against the SRH, the side picked veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra in the XI, who has impressed in select appearances for the Super Giants this season.
The 40-year-old spinner has taken six wickets in as many appearances in IPL 2023 so far while bowling at an impressive economy rate of 7.27. The 2023 season has been one of the revivals; many veteran Indian cricketers have produced solid performances this year.
While Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni have put out explosive performances with the bat, Mohit Sharma has also proved lethal for the Gujarat Titans.
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Wriddhiman Saha, meanwhile, has also played efficient knocks as the opener for the Titans while Mumbai Indians’ leg-spinner Piyush Chawla is among the top wicket-takers this season. Former Indian opener, Virender Sehwag, hence, reckons that Amit Mishra should improve his fitness and come back stronger in the next edition of the tournament.
During a chat on Cricbuzz, Virender Sehwag said, “His (Amit Mishra’s) talent didn’t go anywhere. As age grows, you go slower. A batter retires because he had to field for 20 overs, keep himself fit. If you hand Sunny bhai (Sunil Gavaskar) a bat even today, he can hit some great shots. But running between the wickets, fielding, and recovery… that won’t happen.”
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He further added, “I always say to cricketers, extend your career as much as possible. Mishra ji has one year; he can make a great transformation and extend his career. Dhoni has done it, Kohli and Rohit are doing that as well, even Dhawan. They’re all doing it so they can extend their career by a year or two. And they all have good fitness. If Mishraji is listening, play next year as well, put on the hard yards. If you can’t, contact me, I’ll make sure you do.”