Bulawayo/Srinagar, 3 Aug: Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra today equalled the world record for most wickets in a bilateral One-Day Internationals series by grabbing a career-best six-wicket haul in the fifth and final match against Zimbabwe today.
Mishra’s personal best tally of six for 48 in 8.5 overs today took his series tally to 18, equalling the record held by Javagal Srinath. The 30-year-old Mishra took five matches to pull it off, two fewer than Srinath, who had set the record in 2002-3 against New Zealand. Mishra, included because Ravi Ashwin was to be rested, came to Zimbabwe with 19 ODI wickets in his kitty. He will be going back with 37.
In another development, in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah today lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India for not fielding all-rounder Parvez Rasool in any of the five One-Day Internationals against Zimbabwe. "Did you really have to take him all the way to Zimbabwe to demoralise him? Wouldn’t it have been cheaper to just do it at home?" Omar said in a tweet after Rasool had not been included today. Yesterday, he wrote on his Twitter page: "Come on BCCI give the young man a chance to prove himself." Rasool is the only member of the 15-member Indian squad not to have been utilised despite India taking an unassailable lead in the third match.