Ish Sodhi – A Terrifying Good Leggie!
Inderbir Singh “Ish” Sodhi was born on Halloween in 1992 – and he often frightens opposing batsmen with his deceptively devious leg spin! Ish represents the New Zealand national team in all formats, and Northern Districts in domestic cricket. Sodhi made his debut for Northern Districts in the 2012–13 Plunket Shield season. He bowls right-arm and bats right-handed.
Ish has just joined us as a replacement for injured left-arm wristspinner Zahir Khan. Sodhi, has been acquired at his base price of INR 50 lakh (USD 77,000). Intriguingly in 2017, Sodhi played for Adelaide Strikers as an injury replacement for Chris Jordan and in his third game for the Strikers he ended the match with figures of 6/11 off 3.3 overs to win the match and the Man of the Match Award. 6 wickets for 11 runs are the second best figures in Big Bash history. Hopefully he will do something similar for us!
Ish’s international debut for New Zealand came in a Test match against Bangladesh during New Zealand’s 2013 tour of Bangladesh. He made his Twenty20 International debut against the West Indies in July 2014. In November 2014, Sodhi was selected for a three-test series against Pakistan cricket team. In the first Test, he scored 63, a personal best and the best score by a New Zealand number-ten batsman in Test cricket. Sodhi made his One Day International debut for New Zealand against Zimbabwe on 2 August 2015.
Ish reached the no.1 ranking for T20I bowlers in January 2018, jumping from no. 10 at the end of last year. What a stratospheric rise! Sodhi has picked up 102 wickets in 92 T20s at an average of 23.09 and economy of 7.66. Only recently, Sodhi made news for his lower-order batting that helped New Zealand salvage a thrilling draw against England in Christchurch. He is clearly made of stern stuff – a worthy acquisition for Rajasthan.