Ish Sodhi, the NZ leg-spinner, says he is “very excited” to be a part of the Black Caps’ team for Cricket World Cup 2019, and wants to grow as an “all-round cricketer” ahead of the CWC.
Sodhi has grabbed 39 ODI wickets in 30 matches, is the only specialist wrist-spinner in the 15-man squad. This will be his first arrival at the flagship event.
“I am very, happy to be part of that team,” he told Cricket Next on Saturday, 6. “Everyone dreams of representing their country in the CWC. When I was 15-16 years old, I told myself that ‘2019 is a good CWC for you to target’.
“Luckily, I was named in the team the other day. It’s great to have some support of not only the skipper but the coaching staff as well. They have shown a lot of confidence in me and, confidently, I can repay that.”
Sodhi depends on more on the turn than pace. But he is now at a stage where he is trying to find the perfect mix of both.
“I have always been an old-style bowler in a way that I have supposed on turning the ball as much as I can,” he said. “You generally have to bowl a little bit slower to achieve that. But the best thing I can do now is to achieve the correct balance between spinning the ball and trying to bowl fast when needed.”
Sodhi is now a part of the RR team at the IPL 2019 but is yet to feature in the tournament. However, he has taken that in his pace and is utilizing the time in his hands to work under the alert eyes of Sairaj Bahutule, Rajasthan’s coach.
“I met Sairaj Bahutule and kept a good relationship with him throughout the IPL last season and then after that as well,” Sodhi.
Who picked up 5 wickets for RR last season, said “I am also interacting with Stuart MacGill and he has been bizarre for me, not just as a leg-spin coach, but as a mentor as well because a lot of leg-spin is in the attention. Working with MacGill in the last six months has been enormous for my soreness. I am really willing I have him as my friend and mentor.
“My preparation starts now really. I am preparing myself to be an all-round cricketer. The amount of time I am not playing for the Royals, I’ll use to try and improve my batting because there is a lot of time to do that and continue working on my fielding. I’ll also keep making minor adjustments to my bowling to suit different conditions.”
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