New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 14, 2013

Ish Sodhi a 'good prospect' - Hesson

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Twenty-year-old legspinner Ish Sodhi's progress has impressed New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, and he has earmarked the bowler as one for the future. However, the team was still missing the services of Daniel Vettori, who has not played Test cricket for over a year due to an Achilles tendon injury, Hesson admitted.

Sodhi and left-arm spinner Bruce Martin combined to take only five wickets in the first Test against Bangladesh, in Chittagong, while part-timer offspinner Kane Williamson picked up one wicket. Williamson was introduced before the two specialist spinners in the second innings, but that was mostly down to having the left-handed Tamim Iqbal at the crease. Sodhi later picked up the wicket of Marshall Ayub to a delivery which he tried to play from deep inside the crease but missed it to be adjudged leg-before.

He had conceded 112 runs at 3.88 per over in the first innings, where he looked innocuous at times. In the second innings he was more attacking, and gave away 57 runs at 5.51 per over. Hesson believed there is something about Sodhi that is exciting. "I thought he got better as the Test went on," Hesson said. "Ish is 20, a young man. He was nervous. He learned a lot. He created a number of opportunities.

"On a surface that didn't have a lot of bounce, he hit the gloves a couple of times. He is a good prospect for us. He is not a finished product yet, but he is worth investing in for the future."

Sodhi was also highly recommended by Vettori himself ahead of the Bangladesh series. It was Vettori who invited Sodhi to bowl at a trial in Auckland, after which they became team-mates.

Vettori is in another class, though, Hesson said. "He is a fine performer. Any side that New Zealand puts out without Dan Vettori is a weaker side. That's just the fact."

Vettori's record against Bangladesh provides several reasons to miss him. He has taken 51 wickets in nine Tests against them, 34 of which have come in four Tests in Bangladesh. His batting average is 40.62 against them, with three fifties. "Any side would miss Dan Vettori, and we have been without Dan for a little while now," Hesson said.

Hesson was pleased with his side's batting effort in both innings. New Zealand posted a competitive 469 in the first innings, with Williamson showing his ability to dictate against spin in the subcontinent. He made 114 and 74, top scores in both innings. Wicketkeeper BJ Watling too scored a century, the second of his Test career.

"I am really pleased with Kane Williamson. He got a great hundred in P Sara last year. He plays spin well," Hesson said. "He timed the ball nicely on a wicket where scoring three an over was tough. He looked at ease.

"After a bit of fortune early on, BJ [Watling] also played very well. He trained a lot in the winter. We are all delighted for him. He showed his skills in these conditions."

Both teams will now go into a three-day break as there are two major religious festivals on in Bangladesh: the Durga Puja will be ending this week, with Eid-ul-Adha starting on October 16. New Zealand will not be training for three days, until Friday.

"We have plenty of things planned for the next few days," Hesson said. "We have a chance to freshen up, get some physical work done in the gym.

"We will also do a bit of scouting. Our guys enjoy the travelling side of international cricket. We want to get to know different cultures as much as we can. I think we won't be spending three days in the hotel."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • 22many on October 16, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    @Peter Jones....until NZC get some credibility back in the front office (which means big changes ) then the likes of the highly sort after John Wright, wouldn't go anywhere near the place...Look at the guys they got rid of to put Hesson and co in charge. . And what have they achieved?.. ranking in decline! Hope the board acts and acts quickly, before those fans left decide to walk as well.

  • on October 16, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Dan Vettori playing club cricket in Hamilton this week, he's a long way off being back in the Black Caps.

  • Kirk_Levin on October 15, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    look, i want kiwis to do well and i know they have the talent to succeed. in recents years they have done well against teams. but folks like sodhi is not the answer in the long term. he did nothing special during his first class games and you can clearly see, he will end like failing just like past good prospects hira and patel. these guys don't have what it takes do make it in the big league. kiwis need to invest in their domestic league and make sure, they keep investing in the right talent. not just look for shortcuts. personally i don't like hesson and if i were a kiwi, i would get john wright as the coach.

  • on October 15, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    hey you guyz giving the boy too many sticks! give him time, I will be honest on that pitch even razzak n shakib looked pretty ordinary. we will see what he's got in Dhaka where the pitch will turn.

  • Jordanious77 on October 15, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Idk if people realize that stats don't have any reflexion on a players future potential or even current ability for that matter.

    Sodhi can bowl almost every legspin ball in the game and just by watching him you can tell he has talent. Someone mentioned Sodhi not flighting the ball, but anyone which has watched Sodhi ball in under19 or even to an extent first class cricket would know Sodhi can flight the ball better than anyone else in New Zealand.

    Legspinners in general tend to concede a lot of runs unless they get everything perfect, and granted Sodhi has been struggling to take wickets. But it takes just one look at Shane Warne to know how a little difference can mean the difference between being destroyed and being world class.

    Shane Warne bowled just as bad in his first few matches, but Australia stuck with him knowing he could be an amazing talent and what seemed to be overnight, he became world class.

    Giving Sodhi this game time is crucial to him becoming that class player

  • shane-oh on October 15, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @Peter_Jones2012 - I can't agree with you, even while acknowledging I'm a bit one-eyed when it comes to our team. You're right that the talent pool is small, which means we sometimes have to throw players in when they maybe aren't quite ready, but that can't be avoided. If you look through the NZ team, you see very promising signs. Probably the best fast bowling unit I've seen us have in my years of watching; Williamson starting to deliver big scores, and delivering in trying circumstances - though I'm sure he would agree that he needs to be more consistent, he is taking steps in that direction. Taylor is the best we have had in years; McCullum is McCullum, capable of match changing knocks, and Fulton and Rutherford have thrashed out a pretty successful formula so far. Plenty of reasons for the fans to be pretty happy, not to mention some memorable test wins in the last few years despite been given very limited matches.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 15, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    I remeber daniel vettori getting spanked very early on in his career by the south africans, made him look like the boy he was in a mans game but in time that boy matured and then he became the bully, same thing will happen with sohdi, he has alot of talent but he also has alot to learn, he just needs time playing the big boys. For as long as vettori is out due to injury, they should persevere with sohdi, martin looks toothless, astle is possibly the slowest bowler in nz, nethula i thought was a good prospect, he was all over amla in the odi stuff then apparently got the yips and was never seen again, sohdi seems to be the future so give him the time he needs to develop, nz first class scene wont help him much so keep him in the test side, alot of our best players were picked young, vettori, cairns, williamson, crowe, fleming, they didn't all start well they just needed time.

  • on October 15, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Ish Sodhi impressed? As a cricketer here in New Zealand I found him completely unimpressive. He bowls too quickly and too flat and gives the ball very little flight. I've never held Hesson in any regard, and Sodhi's selection proves it. A guy who averages 50 at first class level obviously has a long way to go before he is ready for test cricket.

  • SameOld on October 15, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Sodhi does indeed look a good prospect. He clearly out-bowled Martin in this Test, and being only 20(!), has plenty of time to learn the game. Anderson, too, looked pretty good, bowling his miserly, Oram-ish stump-to-stump line.

    Four seamers and Wiliamson should be the standard attack unless the pitch requires two spinners. In that case, play Sodhi. Martin deserved his chance, but hasn't grabbed it. Harsh, perhaps, but that's Test cricket.

  • hokeypokey on October 14, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Hesson must stop looking backwards, how many years really has vettori got in test cricket??a nz great, but this is why nz has a spinner shortage..to many years depending on one spinner...as for sodhi , weldone, great to see a legspinner in nz cricket..but unfortunately for new zealand to get the best out of sodhi the team will need to get good totals for him to bowl at..good start though.

  • 22many on October 16, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    @Peter Jones....until NZC get some credibility back in the front office (which means big changes ) then the likes of the highly sort after John Wright, wouldn't go anywhere near the place...Look at the guys they got rid of to put Hesson and co in charge. . And what have they achieved?.. ranking in decline! Hope the board acts and acts quickly, before those fans left decide to walk as well.

  • on October 16, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Dan Vettori playing club cricket in Hamilton this week, he's a long way off being back in the Black Caps.

  • Kirk_Levin on October 15, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    look, i want kiwis to do well and i know they have the talent to succeed. in recents years they have done well against teams. but folks like sodhi is not the answer in the long term. he did nothing special during his first class games and you can clearly see, he will end like failing just like past good prospects hira and patel. these guys don't have what it takes do make it in the big league. kiwis need to invest in their domestic league and make sure, they keep investing in the right talent. not just look for shortcuts. personally i don't like hesson and if i were a kiwi, i would get john wright as the coach.

  • on October 15, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    hey you guyz giving the boy too many sticks! give him time, I will be honest on that pitch even razzak n shakib looked pretty ordinary. we will see what he's got in Dhaka where the pitch will turn.

  • Jordanious77 on October 15, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Idk if people realize that stats don't have any reflexion on a players future potential or even current ability for that matter.

    Sodhi can bowl almost every legspin ball in the game and just by watching him you can tell he has talent. Someone mentioned Sodhi not flighting the ball, but anyone which has watched Sodhi ball in under19 or even to an extent first class cricket would know Sodhi can flight the ball better than anyone else in New Zealand.

    Legspinners in general tend to concede a lot of runs unless they get everything perfect, and granted Sodhi has been struggling to take wickets. But it takes just one look at Shane Warne to know how a little difference can mean the difference between being destroyed and being world class.

    Shane Warne bowled just as bad in his first few matches, but Australia stuck with him knowing he could be an amazing talent and what seemed to be overnight, he became world class.

    Giving Sodhi this game time is crucial to him becoming that class player

  • shane-oh on October 15, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @Peter_Jones2012 - I can't agree with you, even while acknowledging I'm a bit one-eyed when it comes to our team. You're right that the talent pool is small, which means we sometimes have to throw players in when they maybe aren't quite ready, but that can't be avoided. If you look through the NZ team, you see very promising signs. Probably the best fast bowling unit I've seen us have in my years of watching; Williamson starting to deliver big scores, and delivering in trying circumstances - though I'm sure he would agree that he needs to be more consistent, he is taking steps in that direction. Taylor is the best we have had in years; McCullum is McCullum, capable of match changing knocks, and Fulton and Rutherford have thrashed out a pretty successful formula so far. Plenty of reasons for the fans to be pretty happy, not to mention some memorable test wins in the last few years despite been given very limited matches.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 15, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    I remeber daniel vettori getting spanked very early on in his career by the south africans, made him look like the boy he was in a mans game but in time that boy matured and then he became the bully, same thing will happen with sohdi, he has alot of talent but he also has alot to learn, he just needs time playing the big boys. For as long as vettori is out due to injury, they should persevere with sohdi, martin looks toothless, astle is possibly the slowest bowler in nz, nethula i thought was a good prospect, he was all over amla in the odi stuff then apparently got the yips and was never seen again, sohdi seems to be the future so give him the time he needs to develop, nz first class scene wont help him much so keep him in the test side, alot of our best players were picked young, vettori, cairns, williamson, crowe, fleming, they didn't all start well they just needed time.

  • on October 15, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Ish Sodhi impressed? As a cricketer here in New Zealand I found him completely unimpressive. He bowls too quickly and too flat and gives the ball very little flight. I've never held Hesson in any regard, and Sodhi's selection proves it. A guy who averages 50 at first class level obviously has a long way to go before he is ready for test cricket.

  • SameOld on October 15, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Sodhi does indeed look a good prospect. He clearly out-bowled Martin in this Test, and being only 20(!), has plenty of time to learn the game. Anderson, too, looked pretty good, bowling his miserly, Oram-ish stump-to-stump line.

    Four seamers and Wiliamson should be the standard attack unless the pitch requires two spinners. In that case, play Sodhi. Martin deserved his chance, but hasn't grabbed it. Harsh, perhaps, but that's Test cricket.

  • hokeypokey on October 14, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Hesson must stop looking backwards, how many years really has vettori got in test cricket??a nz great, but this is why nz has a spinner shortage..to many years depending on one spinner...as for sodhi , weldone, great to see a legspinner in nz cricket..but unfortunately for new zealand to get the best out of sodhi the team will need to get good totals for him to bowl at..good start though.

  • bobbo2 on October 14, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    I think the so called fans should stop the kiwi bashing. We drew a game on a concrete road without a couple of our better players and no warm up match.

    It's not like we were winning all the games before this one.

    I think the team is tracking well under Hesson and McCullum. NZ is not a dominant team and so people need to be realistic about our abilities. We do not have a Dale Steyn who can run through a team.

    We are a strong one day and 20/20 unit but the test team is still developing and we have some good players coming through.

  • Bishop on October 14, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    @Peter_Jones. Disagree with you there mate. I think the Kiwis have turned a corner, and are definitely on the way up. They have finally sorted out their opening pair (Rutherford needs to convert some more starts, but they are consistently surviving the early overs), KW is making good on his promise, Taylor is a world-class batsman in anyone's book. McCullum the batsman is (unfortunately) not half the player McCullum the keeper/batsman was, and if Ryder returns, he is the one most vulnerable, but he is still capable of match-winning innings, particularly in short-format. Conversely Watling is a better bat with the gloves on. The Southee/Bolt partnership is one of the most exciting in world cricket, and Bracewell and Wagner run in hard and hit the deck. Anderson made a solid and selfless start to his career. NZ still have a ways to go, but the talent is definitely there. Quality spin is the last piece of the puzzle, and unfortunately in Bangladesh, it was a large piece to be missing.

  • Fogu on October 14, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    I am a Vettori fan from BD. He is a class act who performs well under pressure. NZ definitely misses him and he would have been a great mentor for young Sodhi. Shakib reminds me of Vettori. Hopefully Vettori comes back and finishes his career on a positive note. Good luck to Vettori. Sodhi is young and NZ is not known for spin prowess notwithstanding Vettori. Sodhi can be nurtured and I hope he does well. Good wishes to NZ from BD.

  • charles_123321 on October 14, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Ish has only played 15 first class games, how can that warrant a test debut.

  • on October 14, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Vettori, should take his time and come back, once he is fully fit. I really hope, he is able to take part in the 2015 world cup and perhaps, try to end his career on a good note! He was a reliable/consistent player and I don't think, there is anyone who can replace him in NZ.

  • 22many on October 14, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    like saying we also miss Martin Crowe...also like saying we are missing John Wright which would be closer to fixing our problems.

  • Alexk400 on October 14, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Vettori is clever and brave. Anyone who can bowl to indians and contain them and even give respect is great spin bowler. Anything is possible. Indian spinners sucks anyways. Ojha and ashwin are control spinners. They have to bowl tons and tons overs to get wickets

  • on October 14, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    I think,he is a talented bowler

  • on October 14, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    call me an ignorant but i never understood how some spinners get injured so often and for so long.

  • JasonGray on October 14, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    such a shame that cricket has declined so much in new zealand. it use to be so big during the 90's and now hardly creates any excitement. we don't have any good talents like we use to and even netball has over taken cricket in popularity. we stuck with tried and tested players and so called good prospects. sigh

  • JasonGray on October 14, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    hesson is delusional. ask any black caps fan and they will tell ya, what a plonkerr hesson is. he not only created mess with ross but he clearly lacks the brain for coaching in the big leagues. few more series loss and he will get the boot. with sodhi, seems like we are getting the left overs others don't want. geez. he will get taken apart when he bowls to indians, pakistans or sri-lankans. bring back vettori.

  • Kirk_Levin on October 14, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Vettori also made his debut at an young age but he immediately showed, he belonged in international cricket. He bowled really well against the Poms and took buckets of wickets if I remember. Ish can be touted as a good prospect but he will never fill the shoes of Daniel. It's like asking Doherty to become the next Warne; ain't gonna happen mate ay.

  • Kirk_Levin on October 14, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Even as an Aussie, I always appreciated the Kiwi cricket team. They had talent and plenty of players i liked; Chris Harris, Cairns, Hadlee, Fleming, Bond and many more. But unfortunately, some of the current set of players are not fit for international cricket. Due to the small population and Cricket being mainly the summer sport, talent poll is very small. Hence, they are searching for talents to fill the gap. But players like Ish are not the answer. Neither, were Hira, Patel or Kane. What Kiwis needs to do is invest in their domestic league and ensure, players coming up can quickly adjust to the step up. good luck ay

  • on October 14, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    When will Vettori come back? NZ is missing him and he has no replacement.

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  • on October 14, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    When will Vettori come back? NZ is missing him and he has no replacement.

  • Kirk_Levin on October 14, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Even as an Aussie, I always appreciated the Kiwi cricket team. They had talent and plenty of players i liked; Chris Harris, Cairns, Hadlee, Fleming, Bond and many more. But unfortunately, some of the current set of players are not fit for international cricket. Due to the small population and Cricket being mainly the summer sport, talent poll is very small. Hence, they are searching for talents to fill the gap. But players like Ish are not the answer. Neither, were Hira, Patel or Kane. What Kiwis needs to do is invest in their domestic league and ensure, players coming up can quickly adjust to the step up. good luck ay

  • Kirk_Levin on October 14, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Vettori also made his debut at an young age but he immediately showed, he belonged in international cricket. He bowled really well against the Poms and took buckets of wickets if I remember. Ish can be touted as a good prospect but he will never fill the shoes of Daniel. It's like asking Doherty to become the next Warne; ain't gonna happen mate ay.

  • JasonGray on October 14, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    hesson is delusional. ask any black caps fan and they will tell ya, what a plonkerr hesson is. he not only created mess with ross but he clearly lacks the brain for coaching in the big leagues. few more series loss and he will get the boot. with sodhi, seems like we are getting the left overs others don't want. geez. he will get taken apart when he bowls to indians, pakistans or sri-lankans. bring back vettori.

  • JasonGray on October 14, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    such a shame that cricket has declined so much in new zealand. it use to be so big during the 90's and now hardly creates any excitement. we don't have any good talents like we use to and even netball has over taken cricket in popularity. we stuck with tried and tested players and so called good prospects. sigh

  • on October 14, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    call me an ignorant but i never understood how some spinners get injured so often and for so long.

  • on October 14, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    I think,he is a talented bowler

  • Alexk400 on October 14, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Vettori is clever and brave. Anyone who can bowl to indians and contain them and even give respect is great spin bowler. Anything is possible. Indian spinners sucks anyways. Ojha and ashwin are control spinners. They have to bowl tons and tons overs to get wickets

  • 22many on October 14, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    like saying we also miss Martin Crowe...also like saying we are missing John Wright which would be closer to fixing our problems.

  • on October 14, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Vettori, should take his time and come back, once he is fully fit. I really hope, he is able to take part in the 2015 world cup and perhaps, try to end his career on a good note! He was a reliable/consistent player and I don't think, there is anyone who can replace him in NZ.