IPL 2018: Ish Sodhi shares his experience with Shane Warne
Ish Sodhi was drafted in place of Zahir Khan, the Afghan leggie.
Updated - May 7, 2018 4:21 pm
Ish Sodhi is currently ranked fourth in the ICC Rankings for bowlers in T20 Internationals. Bearing his abilities and past records in mind, he was deemed to be a hot prospect in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He entered the auctions at a base price of INR 50 lakhs, however, he found no buyers despite a low base price, which raised several eyebrows.
Meanwhile, fortunes had something special in store for the New Zealand leg-spinner as he was later drafted in by the Rajasthan Royals (RR). Zahir Khan, the left-arm chinaman bowler got injured and Sodhi was roped in as the replacement of the cricketer from Afghanistan. The Black Cap voiced his joy on the signing and expressed his gratitude for playing under Shane Warne, who is the mentor of the Royals.
Ish Sodhi’s privilege of playing under Shane Warne
“The current IPL season got rolling while I was in Auckland. It was heartening to see the wrist spinners making impact in the T20 tournament. I was itching to bowl, and to my surprise, Rajasthan Royals signed me up. Having Shane Warne as a coach was icing on the cake,” Sodhi was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.
When the tournament started, Sodhi was in Auckland, where he has learnt the art of spin bowling. He has spent approximately two week’s with the Ajinkya Rahane-led franchise but has played only a solitary game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) where he managed to pick up the wicket of Kane Williamson, who is also the captain of New Zealand.
The tweaker also talked about the learning he has imbibed from the former Australian leg-break bowler. “I have spent close to two weeks with Rajasthan Royals. Bowling under the eyes of Shane Warne has been a highlight for me. His inputs will help me become a better spinner. He is always telling me things which are eye-opening,” the Kiwi cricketer added.