IPL has been fantastic so far, says RR spinner Ish Sodhi

"I have always been a traditional bowler."

Ish Sodhi
Ish Sodhi of Rajasthan Royals. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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Amidst all the chaos, enthusiasm and hearsays regarding the World Cup 2019, the Indian Premier League (IPL) finally commenced a couple of weeks ago and is nearing the halfway mark. The tournament has thus far been surrounded by lots of controversies and thrilling encounters and has undoubtedly lived up to its grandeur. Just like every other season, this season of the league has again helped many young cricketers make their name in the cricketing fraternity but at the same time, some highly-regarded names are yet to make a mark on this tourney.

One such name is of the Kiwi spinner Ish Sodhi. After the scintillating performance at Nagpur, three years ago, when his spell changed the fate of the match, the 26-year old has become a household name in India for his leg-spin. The lad, after performing brilliantly with the white-ball, was ultimately picked by the Rajasthan Royals as a replacement of Zahir Khan Pakteen. In the process, the NZ cricketer had a decent run as he was the most economical bowler of the season with a minimal economy of 5.86.

Howbeit, despite performing well in the previous season of IPL, Sodhi didn’t get a chance to play for his team in RR’s first 5 matches. The leggie, albeit, seems to be in no mood of worrying or fretting about this matter. When asked about the lack of game time in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Ludhiana-born quite assuredly replied that he will get a chance in the latter half of the tournament.

“Regardless of what team you play for, you always want to be playing. But it has been fantastic so far, really nice facilities to train. In the first three games, we didn’t play at our best but played good cricket in those tough games as well. To win the game the other night (against Royal Challengers Bangalore) was fantastic. Regardless of whether I am playing or not, I was to contribute to the team both on and off the field.

I have always been a traditional bowler in a way that I have believed in turning the ball as much as I can. 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 was quoted saying by Cricketnext.

I’m very excited to be a part of that World Cup squad

Recently, Ish Sodhi’s name was announced in New Zealand’s 15-man squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. The guy’s selection was initially under scanner but he was eventually picked over Todd Astle. The New Zealander was quite happy after his selection. Whilst expressing his joy, Sodhi said, “I am very, very excited to be part of that squad. Everyone dreams of representing their country in the World Cup. When I was 15-16 years old, I told myself that 2019 is a good World Cup for you to target.”

“Fortunately I was named in the squad the other day. It’s great to have some support of not only the captain but the coaching staff as well. They have shown a lot of faith in me and hopefully, I can repay that faith,” the 26-year old further added.

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