Ish Sodhi

New Zealand
Age
October 31, 1992 (29 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Ludhiana
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
New Zealand
Bowling Style
Leg break

Ish Sodhi, born in Ludhiana in India, moved to South Auckland, New Zealand when he was 4 years old. He started with cricket very early and by the end of his teenage years, he was already playing for New Zealand in Tests.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

New Zealand, Northern Districts, North Island, Nottinghamshire, New Zealand A, Rajasthan Royals, New Zealand Under-19, Adelaide Strikers, New Zealand XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, New Zealanders, Brampton Wolves

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
34
17
3
122
24
8.71
147
82.99
0
0
6
7
T20I
67
13
6
112
25*
16
99
113.13
0
0
7
7
Test
17
25
4
448
63
21.33
851
52.64
0
3
51
7
IPL
6
1
0
1
1
1
6
16.67
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
34
32
1620
1508
43
4/58
5.59
35.07
37.67
1
0
0
T20I
67
66
1407
1878
90
4/28
8.01
20.87
15.63
3
0
0
Test
17
31
3186
1992
41
4/60
3.75
48.59
77.71
2
0
0
IPL
6
6
138
135
5
1/14
5.87
27
27.6
0
0
0

Ish Sodhi is a fierce leg spinner who isn’t afraid to toss the ball up. He is attacking, accurate and has a big heart. In the coming years, if he continues the good performance, Ish Sodhi could become one of the finest spinners from New Zealand.

ODI Career

Ish Sodhi has played for New Zealand in both domestic and international cricket. He began the debut first-class season for Northern Districts in November 2012 against Otago at Hamilton. Within a year spent in the first-class cricket, in October 2013, he made his international debut for New Zealand in Tests playing away against Bangladesh.

A year and a half later, in August 2015, Ish Sodhi made the ODI debut for New Zealand against Zimbabwe at Harare. He was the only bowler to bowl his full quota and also bowl a maiden in that match. However, he could not take wickets and New Zealand lost the game by 7 wickets. In the very next game, he picked up 3 wickets for 38 runs in 10 overs in a 10-wicket win for New Zealand.

It is particularly difficult for a Kiwi to develop spinning skills because of the lack of favourable conditions at home. A few slower tracks, but none particularly turning, makes it harder for a spinner, especially a leg spinner, to be recognised. Ish Sodhi practiced hard and was rather aggressive for a spinner, which made his presence be felt.

With Santner in the squad, Sodhi always had to fight for a place in the team. He was not included in the 2015 ODI World Cup and, although, he was part of the squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup, he played just one game against Australia at Lord’s bowling 6 overs for 35 for no wickets. Another leggie, Todd Astle, making his mark in the New Zealand cricket, has made life tough for Sodhi. Although he is talented, he has to develop a unique distinguishing feature to be a permanent member of the squad. The good thing is that Ish Sodhi is still young and has a long way to go.

In his 5-year ODI career with rather limited chances, the year 2018 was his best with 12 wickets in 7 games. The figures of 4 for 58 against England at Dunedin in 2018 are his best bowling figures achieved so far. Overall, Ish Sodhi has played 33 ODIs and has taken 43 wickets at 35.06 and an economy of about 5 and a half runs per over.

T20I Career

Like many leg-spinners in the past, Ish Sodhi is an aggressive leg spinner. He believes in attacking the batsman rather than stemming the run flow. This aggressive attitude backed by skills helped him get included in the T20I squad a year after his Test debut. Ish Sodhi made T20I debut against the West Indies in an away game held in July 2014. He took one wicket for 35 runs in 3 overs in the debut match that was won by New Zealand.

Although he played just 4 T20 international matches in the first couple of years, he was included in the squad for the ICC T20 World Cup in India. No doubt, it was a big deal for him. On a raging turner at Nagpur, Ish Sodhi along with Santner restricted India to a score of 79, defending a small total of 126. Ish Sodhi took 3 for 18 in 4 overs including the wicket of Virat Kohli.

In 2018 and 2019, Ish Sodhi played the most T20Is taking 10 wickets each year. He was also picked in the IPL by Rajasthan Royals (RR) during the 2018 auction to strengthen the team’s spin department. The IPL proved beneficial for him as he got a chance to improve his skills on the conductive surfaces of the subcontinent. Overall, Ish Sodhi has played 45 T20Is and has taken 53 wickets at 25 with an economy of about 8 runs per over.

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