We’ve to be more aggressive with the ball against India: Ish Sodhi
By: PTI | Auckland |

Published: January 25, 2020 1:23:10 pm


Ish Sodhi is the main wicket-taker against India in T20I format (Source: AP)

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi believes New Zealand want to be more aggressive with the ball against India’s world-class batting unit throughout the second T20I to make an instantaneous comeback in the five-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 five-match sequence.

Sodhi feels the hosts didn’t bowl many attacking spells to put sufficient strain 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,” stated Sodhi on Saturday.

“You have to see how the sport is occurring. But it differs from batsman to batsman and bowler to bowler. You have to focus on with the captain and the bowling group as properly.

“Mitchell Santner and myself do that a lot. Last night he was in the outfield so I spoke a lot with Kane (Williamson). I bowled 2-3 overs’ spell, and one of them was a defensive spell; the other was an attacking spell. So we have to bowl with the same attacking attitude throughout,” he added.

The spinner stated it’s troublesome to create strain on India, which boasts of some world-class batsmen however New Zealand should discover a manner to make an instantaneous 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,” stated 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 a vital a part of the New Zealand assault once more, additionally spoke about the chance of the Eden Park pitch slowing down for the sport 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 stated.

“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.”

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Talking about the problem of enjoying at Eden Park, Sodhi stated: “We don’t play loads of cricket there nevertheless it’s distinctive. Boundaries should not favouring anybody facet, identical for each side, and now we have been profitable in the previous 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 stated it stays to be seen if the identical circumstances will be prevalent for the second match. He additionally felt late begins may be an element all through this five-match sequence.

“I haven’t had a lot time to course of it however final night time we thought we performed a good sport. The first half was properly arrange, an enormous constructive with the bat. The Indians got here out fairly exhausting in the first six overs. They had momentum from finish of our innings and we couldn’t actually go exhausting at them.

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“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, stated the floodlights generally make it troublesome 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 stated.

“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.

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