New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi has admitted that the Kiwis will have to stop India’s momentum at Rajkot to stay alive in the series. Looking back at New Zealand’s performance in the first ODI, which they won, Sodhi said in the pre-match conference, “I think we put up a fantastic performance in Mumbai, and played pretty well for that win.”
He added, “I think the second game is the only one we kind of struggled with. But the third ODI was a fantastic game and I think we chased extremely well. We showed that we can play spin a lot better than sides that have come here in the past.”
Sodhi also credited Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan for their fantastic efforts in the first T20. “T20 cricket is all about momentum and I think Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put on a good partnership at the start as that set up the momentum for the rest of the game. I think that’s just about recognising those key moments and how we can slow their momentum down,” he said.
Sodhi was hopeful New Zealand can make a comeback in the series. “Every game we play, we try to put on our best performance and try to win for our country and we’re going to approach the same way. We’ll come to the ground tomorrow, have a look at the wicket, distinguish how we’re going to play and hopefully combat the conditions well enough to come out on top. Being 0-1 down in a series is always tough, but it’s two games to come and we’ll have to give our best shot,” he went on to add.
Sodhi further said being a member of New Zealand A squad that toured India last month is proving a plus. “I’d like to think that I’ve improved a lot since the last time I came here. Generally, the driving force is trying to improve and I got 2 for 25 the other day. It’s been nice to spend extra time here with the A team, so the acclimatisation has been a lot easier since the last time I was here,” he admitted.
--By A Cricket Correspondent