IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals spinner Ish Sodhi praises MS Dhoni's ability to control match situations

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ability to control match situations by slowing down the pace of T20 games is something that everyone should learn, feels Rajasthan Royals' New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.

Press Trust of India, Apr 16, 2019 15:31:51 IST

Chandigarh: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ability to control match situations by slowing down the pace of T20 games is something that everyone should learn, feels Rajasthan Royals' New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.

IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals spinner Ish Sodhi praises MS Dhonis ability to control match situations

File image of Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ish Sodhi. AFP

Twenty20 cricket has its own speed and Dhoni blessed with a superb cricket brain has shown how trying tweak the pace of the proceedings helps.

"I think mental clarity on one's role is very important. The ability to slow the game right down and that's something that I am starting to really respect and understand watching MS Dhoni when he plays, looks like he really slows the game down, understands exactly what he needs to do and then goes out and tries to achieve that," Sodhi told PTI during an interview.

He said that it may not be possible to win every game in that fashion but it does help in at least setting it up for the rest.

"Players may not win you every single game like that but they will come quite close and put up consistent performances."

Consistency separates good from the best and it comes with a clear mindset, feels Sodhi, who has played 17 Tests, 30 ODIs and 33 T20 Internationals for New Zealand

"I suppose consistency comes from a really clear mindset. That's what we are striving for as cricketers, it's nice to contribute once in a while, that's amazing to contribute to wins. But contributing over a long period of time, I think is what separates the class players from the world class players."

Despite a combined 123 international wickets across three formats, Sodhi feels that he is inexperienced.

"I being 26 years old, I have played a lot of cricket, but I am still a reasonably inexperienced person and so I am looking to keep growing my game. I want to put up good performances for Rajasthan Royals, put performances for New Zealand over long periods of time. I just don't want to do it tomorrow or the day after, but I want to do it for a long period," said Sodhi. PTI SUN KHS

With World Cup coming ahead, Sodhi when asked how challenging it is for players to manage and remain match-fit, Sodhi said training hard is the key.

I have been working with some very good coaches who help me tremendously over the past couple of years as well. I am just making most of my time, I am trying to keep improving and get better in these conditions, see what I can use in these conditions here that will be helpful for me in UK as well.

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Updated Date: Apr 16, 2019 15:31:51 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252