World T20: Spinner Ish Sodhi a player for the future for New Zealand

  • Ashutosh Sharma, Hindustan Times, Mohali
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2016 15:16 IST
Ish Sodhi may have some way to go in the Test match format, but his limited-overs exploits have made him a player for the future for the Kiwis. (PTI)

Leg spinner Ish Sodhi has become a vital cog in the New Zealand bowling line-up along-side left-arm orthodox Mitchell Santner. Sodhi’s important scalps in the wins against both India and Australia have resurrected his reputation somewhat.

Sodhi has had some success with his leg-spinning deliveries in Test matches. But his exploits with the white ball have brought him back in the spotlight. Coach Mike Hesson praised the spinner, marking him one for the future.

“The thing with Ish is we have made it very simple with respect to his gameplan. When he first came into Test cricket, perhaps he got a little bit carried away with gameplan and thinking a bit too far ahead. He knows how to bowl in white-ball cricket. He knows when the opening guys are going after him, how to attack, where to bowl,’ Hesson said.

Against India, Sodhi took three wickets for 18 runs, as the hosts were bundled out for 79 in chase of 126, while in Dharamsala he accounted for Glenn Maxwell just when he was trying to gather quick runs.

Hesson added that Sodhi still has a long way to go. “He is still not there yet in the longer format of the game but this is going to help his development. Bowling at the end, he has spun the ball considerably, making it difficult to hit him,” the coach said.

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