Amit Mishra: Biography, Age, Height, Achievements, Family and Career Statistics
Get complete information about Amit Mishra, his biography, records, achievements and other lesser-known facts. Read to know everything.
Amit Mishra in his early 2000s impressed everyone with his classical, attacking legspin, relying mostly on flight and a big legbreak, while startling batsmen with the odd googly. However, back then Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh were already there in the team as a spinner so he did not get a chance in India’s squad.
Mishra made his international debut in 2003 during an ODI triangular in Bangladesh. Mishra’s career started like a dream after becoming the sixth Indian to take a five-wicket haul on debut, foxing the Australians with his deviations and finishing the series with 14 wickets from three Tests. With his debut series occurring simultaneously with Kumble’s last, it was the opening he needed to establish himself as India’s first-choice leg spinner.
Amit Mishra’s Biography:
- Real Name: Amit Mishra
- Other/Nickname: Mishi
- Profession: Cricketer
- Best Performance until now: Mishra’s 5-wicket haul in a match against South Africa A in the year 2007 gathered much-needed attention
- Batting: Right-handed
- Bowling: Leg Break
- Height: 165 cm
- Weight: 68 kg
- Body Measurements: Chest: 40 Inches, Waist: 34 Inches and Biceps: 12 Inches
- Eye Colour: Dark Brown
- Hair Colour: Black
- Date of Birth: 24 November 1982
- Age: 39
- Nationality: Indian
- Birthplace: Bansi, Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
- Hometown: Bansi, Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
- School: not known
- College: not known
- Highest educational qualifications: not known
- International Debut Test- 17 October 2008 vs Australia in Mohali
- ODI – 13 June 2003 vs South Africa in Dhaka
- T20 – 13 June 2010 vs Zimbabwe in Harare
- In IPL, Amit Mishra holds the record of 3 hat-tricks, the most by any player.
- Amit Mishra has two 5 wicket hauls to his name: one against Australia in his debut Test match (5/71); the second against Zimbabwe in 2013 (6/48).
- Marital Status: Unmarried
- Parents’ Names: SM Mishra, Chandrakala Mishra
- Siblings: Brother- Sanjay Mishra and 2 more Sister- 3
- Religion: Hinduism
- Other Hobbies: Watching movies
Lesser-Known Facts about Amit Mishra:
- Amit Mishra was born in a lower-middle-class family in Delhi. His father, an employee of Indian railways, had a really tough time raising 7 children.
- Mishra’s mentor & coach, Sanjay Bharadwaj, revealed in an interview that Mishra initially wanted to become a batsman as he was not aware of his natural ability to turn the ball. Notably, Sanjay Mishra has also mentored the likes of Gautam Gambhir and Unmukt Chand.
- Unfortunately, Mishra was ‘overlooked’ by his state and hence had to make a move to Haryana in the year 2000. Haryana needed a leg spinner at that time and Mishra was the perfect option they were looking for.
- He was picked for the U-17 team but despite being selected as a spin specialist, Mishra performed with the bat and not with the ball.
- In the very next match, his team bowled Delhi out for just 85. From here he took 55 wickets in the whole season, followed by the Ranji trophy, where he took 32 wickets.
- Mishra was initially drafted into the Indian squad for a Test against West Indies in 2002 but was not picked in the playing XI. Thus, his official test debut came 6 years later in the year 2008.
- He became only the third leg-spinner after Vaman Kumar (1961) and Narendra Hirwani (1988) to pick up five wickets in an innings on his test debut.
- During India’s tour of Zimbabwe in 2013, Mishra clinched the record for most wickets by any bowler in a 5-match series. The leggie also equalled Indian bowling great Javagal Srinath’s world record for the most wickets in a bilateral ODI series with 18 wickets.
- The 2012-13 domestic season was exceptional for Mishra. While playing for Haryana, he scored a mammoth 479 runs with the bat: the highest score of 202 not outcoming against Karnataka.
- Summing up, Mishra’s efforts in international cricket aside, he has remained significant for the Haryana Ranji side over the years, collecting a bagful of wickets. But it’s his performances in the IPL, where he has been one of the best spinners, and the only bowler to pick up three hat-tricks, that keep him in the limelight.
- The hat-tricks came for three different teams – Delhi Daredevils (2008), Deccan Chargers (2011), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (2013). In 2015, Mishra returned to the team he first played for, with Daredevils paying INR 3.5 crore to secure his services.