Ish Sodhi says adaptability is key to New Zealand's success in India

Ish Sodhi says adaptability is key to New Zealand’s success in India

New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi is confident of a good performance in Indian conditions. New Zealand team landed in India on Monday ahead of their three-Test series against India, which will be followed by five One Day Internationals.

The series will come after New Zealand’s tour of Africa where they played against Zimbabwe and South Africa

Sodhi knows the conditions in India will be different from the South African conditions and will pose a serious challenge to them.

“It’s two extremes,” Sodhi said. “We’ve come from the pace of South Africa and now we’re going to the spin bowling of India.

“It’s how you want to challenge yourself as an international cricketer, and to be honest it can’t get any better than this.

“It’s going to be a great test for some players that are really good adapters of the game, so hopefully we can keep on doing that here.”

Sodhi feels the condition of the pitch is the big thing they will have to watch out for.

“We just came back from South Africa so the pace was obviously something we had to deal with over there.

“Over here it’s probably going to be a lot slower and maybe take a bit of turn.

“[There is] a lot of adapting to be done, something we did for the T20 World Cup, so hopefully we can continue along those learnings and obviously Kane will lead from the front.”

Although adapting to the conditions will be difficult, Sodhi mentioned that the players are used to it after playing in IPL for many years.

“It’s a lot different to what we’re used to, but a lot of the boys have played here quite a bit as well, so it’s not something that we’re not too used to.”

“It’s pretty humid, though. It’s only six in the morning and I’m starting to feel it already, so it’ll be interesting to see what it will be like later on.”

New Zealand will play a three-day match against Mumbai in Delhi from Friday before the first Test against India begins on September 22 in Kanpur.

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