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New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi wants repeat of mentoring sessions with Shane Warne

Ish Sodhi (above) spent more than 90 minutes with Shane Warne discussing about bowling leg-spin © Getty Images
Ish Sodhi (above) spent more than 90 minutes with Shane Warne discussing about bowling leg-spin © Getty Images

Jan 2, 2014

 

New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi has said he would love to get regular coaching from Australian spin bowling legend Shane Warne.

 

The Black Caps rookie and the Australian superstar spent more than 90 minutes discussing their craft in Melbourne last weekend, and Sodhi said his advice was “massively helpful,” Stuff.co.nz reports.

 

“I’d like to make it a reasonably regular thing,” Sodhi said. “It really comes down to if he’s got the time, but it’d be worth it. It’s probably the best coaching session I’ve ever had.”

 

Warne is the second highest leading wicket-taker in Test cricket with 708 wickets.

 

Sodhi, 21, said he didn’t need to ask a lot of questions as he just listened to what Warne had to tell him.

 

“It was mostly tactical and mental. There wasn’t a great deal of technical work. It was about how to work a batsman out and how to get him out. Just little ways to make every part of the ground in your favour to get wickets, not just with the ball in your hand.”

 

Sodhi made his Test debut in 2013 year and admitted he was still trying to improve his game.

 

“The transition’s been pretty quick, so I haven’t had too much time to soak it all up. I think now I’m starting to understand what I need to be better at for test cricket — that’s probably been the biggest learning of the past four or five months.”

 

Sodhi will play the Twenty20 match against the Canterbury Wizards in Mt Maunganui on Thursday.

 

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