New Zealand news September 8, 2013

Sodhi a special talent - Vettori

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori, the former New Zealand captain, has said that Northern Districts legspinner Ish Sodhi was one of the most promising bowlers he had seen. Sodhi was named in New Zealand's Test squad for the tour of Bangladesh on Friday.

"He's probably one of the most talented bowlers I've ever seen," Vettori told New Zealand Herald. "His skill level is incredibly high. I think there's something special about him. I've been trying to spread the message to our guys for a while. He loves bowling and has really worked hard on not becoming one-dimensional. He's the sort of guy who loves cricket and just wants to bowl and bowl. He's got a fantastic attitude."

Sodhi and Vettori go some way back. Sodhi had been invited to bowl at Vettori during an Auckland playing trial and then they became team-mates. He currently plies his trade with Northern Districts. He was also part of New Zealand's Under-19 team that made the semi-finals of the 2012 World Cup in Queensland.

Sodhi is presently in India as part of the New Zealand A squad after taking 20 wickets in 10 matches during the first-class season at home. He took two wickets in the first unofficial Test in Visakhapatnam but was wicketless in the second, although he made a career-best score of 57.

"In the last game I didn't get a wicket but got through 24 overs and felt really good," he said. "I guess it was all about the process than the outcome in that game. I'm going to try and live in the moment. I'm going to learn but I want to contribute to the side, and hopefully win a game."

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  • dummy4fb on September 9, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    His stats (with bat or ball) do not show he is worth a test call. Already in the test squad for Bangladesh? Surely Kiwi domestic circuit must have more experienced and worthy talents than Sodhi... Don't think Sodhi's selection would be fair to them... Let him make a name for himself by performing consistently for a season in the domestic circuit first. 20 wickets in 10 tests is hardly an achievement in the last season and he has done no wonders on this tour to India either. Couple that with a batting average of 22.13 in first class cricket, he is mediocre at best. Definitely needs more time for international test call up and at 20-21 years of age, he has all the time...

  • Alexk400 on September 8, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    let him take 6 wicket or 8 wicket per inning then we know he is good or not. Hope he is another bits and pieces cricketer

  • kiwicricketnut on September 8, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    vettori is not the only nz great to say these sorts of things about sohdi, martin crowe has also made comment on this kids talent, when people of that calibre speak you should listen they wouldn't put there reputation on the line for a mug. my only hope is they develop sohdi properly, he should only play test cricket for a while, untill he has mastered his craft, that way he can bowl properly and not have to dart the ball in fear of being hit, to many players are blooded into the intenational scene in t20 and odi cricket which isnt good for there games or confidence if they fail. adam milne is another who should just play tests for a while, obviously some players are better suited to the shorter formats and thats fine but some players i believe playing tests before odi's and t20's is a better way to go and i think sohdi is one of those players.

  • Naresh28 on September 8, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    NZ have some good upcoming talent:- Ronchi, Sodhi, Anderson etc. The bowling has always looked promising. Well DONE and best wishes to you guys. For too long they have been idling along. At last Chand and Uthappa shone for India. Great work by Indian bowlers as well. Lets get rid of this mentality that Indian pacers are useless - give them good pitches to work with.

  • 512fm on September 8, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    I think that is definitely a problem with the game today, there is too much focus on doing things right rather than the actual results they prove. Good luck to Sodhi but his selection has really set the bar rather low, I mean you don't select batsman if they don't make any runs but they look settled at the crease.