India lacked the intent in the first Test at Galle and as a result they ended up losing the game by 63 runs against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium. Indian leggie Amit Mishra has urged the team to be more aggressive in the remaining Test matches against the hosts.
Mishra made his comeback in the longest format of the game in the first Test against Sri Lanka and he did well. He picked up five wickets in two innings and if the wicket at the P Sara Oval in Colombo is made spin friendly then captain Virat Kohli would pick him for the second Test as well which starts on Thursday.
"There was pressure in coming back after four years, but I have played with most players and was confident and bowled well. I batted in Galle as I normally do, but with captain's confidence in you, you improve," Mishra said in an interview to IBNLive.
"I have worked on my pace and variation and I hope it works out well. I feel wickets here are slow and I should work on varying my pace.
"We need to be more aggressive, but the team morale is same and we will come back hard and positive. We don't want batsmen to settle by keep shuffling between spinners. We are positive about the last two Tests," Mishra said.
Mishra also reacted on India's batting collapse at Galle on the fourth day of the Test. He said the Indian batsmen are still among the best against any spin attack, but in the first Test they succumbed to the pressure.
"Our batsmen are still the best against spin, but sometimes you make mistakes under pressure," the spinner said.
He said he loves to discuss the issues regarding the bowling with his other teammates as well.
"I, Bhaji pa [Harbhajan Singh] and [Ravichandran] Ashwin keep discussing among ourselves, also coaches, what to do and what not. All spinners like bounce in the wicket because that makes variations more effective," the bowler said.