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."