A Brief Biography of Abhimanyu Mithun
Here's a brief biography of Abhimanyu Mithun. A star in the making, Abhimanyu Mithun, while in his teens always strived to be the best discuss thrower of the world. He practiced hard at his father's gym and even competed unsuccessfully in a few of the state level discuss throwing competitions. He never aimed to be a cricketer until the age of 17 when one of his friends advised him to join a cricket camp
It’s quite an unbelievable fact that until the age of 17 he hadn’t even bowled with a leather ball. Mithun made his debut in First Class Cricket for Karnataka against Uttar Pradesh at Bhamashah Stadium, Meerut. It turned out to be a dream debut season for Mithun as he picked up 47 wickets in the season and helped Karnataka reach the finals of Ranji Trophy for the first time in more than a decade. In the first match itself, Mithun proved that he was not an ordinary bowler and had arrived in the arena to stay for a long time. He finished up with an impressive figure of 11/181 claiming 6 wickets in the first innings and 5 wickets in the second innings which also included a hat-trick when he took 3 consecutive wickets of Piyush Chawla, Amir Khan and RP Singh. Karnataka won that match by 185 runs. He managed to put up a very brave performance in the finals against Mumbai where he claimed 9 wickets but the Karnataka batsmen could not just finish up the things and Karnataka lost by a thin margin of 6 runs. He finished up as the highest wicket-taker in the 2009–10 Ranji Trophy with a total of 47 wickets under his belt.
Born on October 25, 1989 in the Garden City "Bangalore", Mithun is 6' 2" tall, a height he uses to increase the effectiveness of his favorite weapon, the bouncer. He has the tendency to consistently bowl at a good pace of around 140kph which is what caught coach Ray Jennings' eyes during the trials for the Royal Challengers Bangalore before the 2009 IPL. Ray Jennings described him as an “Express Bowler” but he couldn’t put up a good show in IPL 2009. He was included for the first time in the Indian cricket team as a replacement for S Sreesanth in test series against South Africa in January 2010, but he couldn’t make it into the playing XI. Later on he made his ODI debut against South Africa at Ahmedabad on Feb 27, 2010 which was not a memorable one. Few months later he made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Galle in July 2010, which India lost by ten wickets. Mithun looked impressive in the first innings claiming 4 wickets and turned out to be the most successful bowler for India in the match. At times he h
as also shown his batting skills which include a high score of 46 against Sri Lanka in a very crucial match which eventually India won by 5 wickets and henceforth equalized the test series with Sri Lanka.
Mithun made his IPL debut for RCB against Mumbai Indians at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth on May 10, 2009. It wasn’t a good match for him as a bowler but he did exceptional fielding by taking a very tough catch of Kieron Pollard near the boundary line. He came to the fore in IPL 4, forming a lethal pace attack with Zaheer Khan and Sreenath Aravind as RCB stormed their way to the finals.
He has been in and out of the Indian team for quite some time now. Selectors have shown faith in him. Often, he has served as a replacement for the unfit bowlers. Aged 22, there’s still a long way to go for him. He has experienced the international stage several times now and he knows what it takes to cement his place in the national team. People have praised him in the past and they see a good bowler in him. Height is the additional advantage he carries over the others. It’s just a matter of time when he learns from his mistakes and gets more mature to deliver at the International stage.