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More confident of my variations now: Mishra

Mishra, fighting for a place in the XI this time with Praghyan Ojha perhaps, sounded a warning for the visitors nevertheless in a chat with The Indian Express.

Two years after his seven wickets on debut brought the Aussies down to their knees at this venue, Amit Mishra is raring to have another go at the same opponents.


Mishra, fighting for a place in the XI this time with Praghyan Ojha perhaps, sounded a warning for the visitors nevertheless in a chat with The Indian Express. Excerpts:


How memorable was your Test debut here?


It was very special and the biggest achievement in my life. I enjoyed bowling each and every ball in the Test. It was a dream debut.


What do you recall of your first wicket in Test cricket?


I remember my first wicket in Test cricket was that of Simon Katich. I clean bowled him. I was overjoyed. But Michael Clarke's dismissal in the second innings was more special because I got him through a plan. He was batting at 69 and was well set but his wicket set the tone of the match for us.


Was it a nervous debut against Australia then?


A couple of wickets early in the first innings really calmed my nerves and as the skipper kept tossing the ball to me, I became more confident of my variations. I can't describe the celebrations in the dressing room after the win and wish we celebrate the same way this Test match too.


How do you look at the Australian challenge this time?


I am prepared well to face the Australian challenge. Australia is a tough team but we beat them 2-0 last time and I think they will be under pressure as India is the No 1 Test team with the home advantage too. I have been watching videos of Australian batsmen off late. I have incorporated a few changes in my bowling accordingly as I have worked upon some of the Australians weak areas. Let's see what happens.

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