Mishra the ideal successor to Kumble: Colin MillerOctober 31st, 2008 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Former Australian bowler Colin Miller feels India has found in Amit Mishra a successor to leg-spinner Anil Kumble.”It seems this youngster (Mishra) is going to play for a long time. I feel he should step into the shoes of Kumble,” Miller told IANS on the third day of the India-Australia cricket Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla here Friday.
Miller, a former Australian bowler, could bowl both medium pace and off-spin. He represented Australia in 18 Test matches , picking 69 wickets at an average of 26.15. He though is remembered more for his frequent changes in hair colour.
The 44-year-old , who now stays in the US , feels Mishra is a bit slow in the air as compared to Kumble and should learn the tricks of the trade from his captain.
“Mishra had a sensational debut. It seems he is getting a good bounce from the track, but he is a bit slow in the air. He needs to be quick through the air, a potent weapon for a leg-spinner. Mishra should have variety,” said Miller.
Miller also said that Kumble, who has an impressive record at the Kotla, looks the most dangerous among the Indian bowlers and will play a crucial role if India want to wrap up the series here.
“He is using the foot marks very well and will play an important role in the next two days,” he added.
Asked why the Australian bowling looks so innocuous in the series, Miller said it is going to be difficult after losing great bowlers like Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.
“This attack lacks the experience but the series is going to be a great learning experience for them,” he said.
“Brett Lee, despite having bowled in India, wasn’t impressive. Mitchell Johnson has shown glimpses of form while Cameron White has bowled reasonably well but he is still not good enough to pick up wickets. Peter Siddle looked the bst of the lot.”
Miller also felt that a genuine off-spinner like Jason Krejza should have played in this match in place of White.
“I think Krejza should have played this match. On Indian pitches you need a genuine spinner. But Australia is playing a spinner (White), who hasn’t bowled much in the domestic season. As the captain of Victoria, White has bowled just 80 overs last year,” he said.