A strong display in the 2013 IPL season, during which he kept the batsmen guessing with his variations in flight and pace, earned him a call-up for India's ODI squad for the Champions Trophy in England and the tour to Zimbabwe, two years after his last international appearance. And he didn't disappoint, picking up 18 wickets at an average of 11.61 in five ODIs against Zimbabwe. In his thirties now, Mishra has shown improvements in his fielding and batting too - he registered his maiden first-class century, an unbeaten 202 against Karnataka in the 2012-13 Ranji season - but he has strong competition to beat before he can become a permanent fixture in the full-strength India squad. His efforts in IPL 2013, where he picked up 21 wickets, and played a key role as lead spinner of Sunrisers Hyderabad, helped Mishra make a comeback to the ODI squad for the Zimbabwe tour in July 2013. He rewarded the selectors' faith by taking the most wickets in a bilateral series, with 18 wickets in just five matches.

A confident and attacking cricketer, Amit Mishra first caught the eye while tormenting the England Under-19 tourists early in 2001 with big legbreaks and the odd fizzing googly. Mishra, at his best on dry pitches, rapidly became an integral cog in Haryana's Ranji Trophy side, taking wickets by the bagful in typically Indian conditions. The absence of several senior players after the World Cup led to another call-up for the TVS Cup in Dhaka in April 2003. He ended the 2007 first-class season with an impressive 46 wickets in 11 games.

Those performances convinced the selectors to include him in the Test squad against the Australians at home in 2008. He got his chance in Mohali, replacing the injured Anil Kumble, and became only the sixth Indian to take a five-wicket haul on debut. Mishra was recalled for the tour of Bangladesh and played in the First Test in Chittagong as the only spinner after Harbhajan suffered an injury.

He made 50 in the second innings as a night-watchman and took seven wickets. At the start of the tour, Mishra played in two ODIs against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in a triangular tournament after Harbhajan was rested for the final two round-robin matches. Later during India's tour of England 2011 he got his highest score ever in the last test match of 84.