While, cricket teams in the top international circuit are banking on boosting their spin prowess, New Zealand is not breaking the trend. The team's top bet is Ish Sodhi, the India born leg spinner. The squad never emphasized much on the department, but the present shift of attention to this trade cannot be ignored. Sodhi has been a regular option in the team and the player has been returning his selection with worthwhile replies. In a recent interview the bowler claimed that conditions in New Zealand does not promote spin, but it has become a "vital cog" in the limited format. He said, it is in tandem with his career to move forward in the game.
The early leg spinners that played alongside the New Zealand team are the likes of Tim Anderson, back in 90s. Therefore, Sodhi is the first of his generation in the team into the business. He came to spotlight in the 2012 Under-19 World Cup, where he nicked seven wickets. It was his starting point to domestic and then to international arena. Sodhi has a little option to harness his skills in New Zealand. He started with YouTube Videos of Anil Kumble. The bowler said, it was the starting point of his journey to become a leg spinner.
In the making of Ish Sodhi, Indian bowlers has good hands. The bowler reminded his long talks with Karn Sharma, the top bowler in India A. He also talked about Shahbaz Nadeem. In his early days, Sodhi struggled to learn as in New Zealand, he did not get good coach in the department. Also, New Zealand's wicket were of no help to learn leg spin. But his breakthrough was in the tour to India with the A team. Sodhi being the top leg spin option of New Zealand has only a single aspect to work on, which is consistency. He added, he would continue to train and improve.
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