Ish Sodhi 'can't wait' to join Rajasthan Royals

Ish Sodhi ‘can’t wait’ to join Rajasthan Royals

Sodhi is called upon to replace the injured Afghan spinner Zahir Khan.

Ish Sodhi
New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi tosses the ball while bowling during a training session at Feroz Shah Kotla cricket ground in New Delhi on March 29, 2016, on the eve of the World T20 cricket tournament first semi-final match between England and New Zealand. (Photo credit PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

The 11th installment of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is marred by numerous injuries. One amongst the many in the injured list if young Afghan spinner Zahir Khan, who was bought by the Rajasthan Royals. Royals have not wasted much time in announcing a replacement as the leg-spinner from New Zealand, Ish Sodhi has been called upon to replace the injured Khan.

Sodhi can’t wait for what is going to be his first season in the annual Indian cricketing fiesta. He shared his excitement and euphoria on Twitter, where he wrote: “Can’t wait to be part of the #RoyalFamily – see you all soon and all the best to the boys in game 2! #JazbaJeetKa #AbBajegaDanka #PadhaaroSa #HallaBol #ipl2018″.

Sodhi has been doing well in the international T2o games, yet he could not attract any bidders in the auctions, something that surprised everyone. He has played 26 T20Is for New Zealand, in which he picked up 36 wickets and has conceded runs at an impressive economy rate of 7.43 runs per over. His last T20I match was against Australia in Adelaide, in which he conceded just 21 runs and picked up the crucial wicket of David Warner.

He also brings some good fortune for Rajasthan Royals, as Ajinkya Rahane‘s team won their first IPL XI game against Delhi Daredevils yesterday (April 11) after a horrendous first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Their next match is against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 15, which is scheduled to be held at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

One injury replacement congratulates another

Ish Sodhi’s New Zealand teammate Mitchell McClenaghan has congratulated him on bagging an IPL contract. Mumbai Indians’ pacer McClenaghan too got his contract owing to an injury, as the defending champions called back their trusted campaigner to replace the injured Jason Behrendorff. McClenaghan has played the opening game against Chennai Super Kings this year.

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