Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi believes New Zealand want to be more aggressive with the ball towards India’s world class batting unit throughout the second T20I to make a right away comeback in the 5-match sequence. India claimed a six-wicket win in the first T20I after chasing down 204 with relative ease to go 1-zero up in the 5-match sequence. Sodhi feels the hosts didn’t bowl many attacking spells to put sufficient stress on the guests. “We put 200 on the board again. If we can look to be more aggressive with the ball that attitude will be a great learning from the first game. If we are going to go for runs or miss out on a couple opportunities for wickets, you only learn after you try it out,” mentioned Sodhi on Saturday.
“You have to see how the recreation is happening. But it differs from batsman to batsman and bowler to bowler. You have to talk about with the captain and the bowling group as nicely.
“Mitchell Santner and myself do this rather a lot. Last evening he was in the outfield so I spoke rather a lot with Kane (Williamson). I bowled 2-three overs’ spell, and one of them was a defensive spell; the different was an attacking spell. So now we have to bowl with the similar attacking angle all through,” he added.
The spinner mentioned it’s tough to create stress on India, which boosts of some world class batsmen however New Zealand should discover a approach to make a right away comeback in the second T20I.
“They have five or six world class batsmen in their side and it will always be difficult to contain them at the best of times. Eden Park with its boundary size is a challenge as well,” mentioned Sodhi, who took 2 for 36 on Friday.
“Kane was good with the bowlers at end of the game and the thinking as a bowling group was that we have to take wickets. 45 from 4 overs would be decent here but it won’t be on many other grounds. So we have to make the aggressive shift for the next game but we did really good with 200 runs on the board. We just need to defend it better.” Sodhi, who will be an important half of the New Zealand assault once more, additionally spoke about the risk of the Eden Park pitch slowing down for the recreation on Sunday.
“You have to look at whether wicket gets better. We found it was holding on Friday night, cross-seamers were holding a bit and the ball was spinning a bit too,” he mentioned.
“We will have to see if it gets slower and if there is dew factor like there was under the lights (on Friday). It’s just one of those grounds where good and bad balls go for sixes, and it can be quite hard to contain at times.” Talking about the problem of enjoying at Eden Park, Sodhi mentioned: “We don’t play a lot of cricket there but it’s unique. Boundaries are not favouring any one side, same for both sides, and we have been successful in the past there. “We just have to figure out how to defend there or if we need to change tactics and bowl first. The team management will have that conversation.” Dew made for a shock at Eden Park on Friday and Sodhi mentioned it stays to be seen if the similar circumstances will be prevalent for the second match. He additionally felt late begins might be an element all through this 5-match sequence.
“I haven’t had much time to process it but last night we thought we played a decent game. The first half was nicely set up, a huge positive with the bat. The Indians came out pretty hard in the first six overs. They had momentum from end of our innings and we couldn’t really go hard at them. “Maybe we need to train a bit more under lights otherwise we are all used to playing at 8pm starting time. It is not too bad and we have played in the IPL at night time.” Sodhi, who had dropped a sitter off Virat Kohli, mentioned the floodlights generally make it tough to maintain on to catches.
“The lights here are a bit different as most stadiums have five-six towers. Here they are low and in a line, so it can be tough catching. It hits you harder when the ball comes down, but no excuses,” he mentioned. “When that catch went down (off Virat Kohli), I was thinking what if he scores big now. But that is the nature of professional cricket and you have to take your chances,” Sodhi signed off.