IPL 2019: Amit Mishra admits to abusing Trent Boult for dropping his hat-trick catch
Mishra ended up with figures of 3/17 and was named Man of the Match.
Updated - May 5, 2019 3:06 pm
Amit Mishra has the record for the most number of hat-tricks in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with three to his name. He is also the first Indian and second bowler to take 150 or more wickets in the league after Lasith Malinga and perhaps the most experienced spinner in the Delhi Capitals lineup.
He was at his best against Rajasthan Royals in the 53rd match of IPL 2019, as the Royals were looking to win the match and keep their hopes of playoffs qualification alive. The Royals chose to bat first after Ajinkya Rahane won the toss on a typical Feroz Shah Kotla pitch, but it was Ishant Sharma who rocked them early with wickets of Rahane, Livingstone and Mahipal Lomror. Add the runout of Sanju Samson and RR found themselves 30/4 in the 6th over.
Amit Mishra inflicts further damage but misses a record 4th hat-trick
Shreyas Iyer knew this was the right time to put more pressure on the Royals and brought on his experienced leggie, Amit Mishra. In the 12th over of the match, Mishra dismissed S Gopal and Stuart Binny on the second and third ball of the over, before getting K Gowtham to hit in the air as well, only for Trent Boult to drop the chance and it saw Amit Mishra desolate, on the ground.
Mishra ended up with figures of 3/17 and was named Man of the Match for his efforts as DC registered a five-wicket win and knocked RR out of playoffs race. “I don’t know about the love affair between the IPL and me but I was disappointed about missing out on the hat-trick. I only abused Boult a bit after that and told him he need not have jumped because it was a pretty simple catch (laughs). I always try to bowl my stock ball more, because that is important to build pressure,” Mishra was quoted as saying after the match.
Delhi Capitals finished their league campaign with 18 points and have qualified for the playoff fourth time, but first time after 2012.