Ish Sodhi reveals why he didn’t celebrate after dismissing Kane in IPL
New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi recalls a moment when he decided not to celebrate or sledge New Zealand captain Kane Williamson after get rid of him in an IPL match. Representing Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018 season, Sodhi dismissed Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Williamson.
The leg spinner had the Kiwi captain caught behind for 63 with the delivery that spun very sharply. In fact, that was his maiden wicket in IPL. However, the Sunrisers went on to win the match by 11 runs.
During a YouTube interaction on the channel ‘The Grade Cricketer’, Sodhi was asked whether he had sledged his Kiwi captain after dismissing him. To which the leggie responded: “I had got three options there (to sledge Kane Williamson). I speak Punjabi pretty well.
I obviously speak English and silence. I chose silence, because he was my captain for a long time and is my captain currently. So I used silence.”
“We ended up losing the game, but it was really nice to get a guy like Kane (Williamson) out. He plays spin bowling so well and sometimes when we are bowling we feel like he is batting with a pillow in hand and you are imparting zero revs on the ball. So, it was really great to get him out,” Sodhi further added, lauding Kiwi captain’s batting.
The 28-year-old spinner was asked to speak about Kane’s leadership style and to which, the New Zealand international added that Kane is quite a calm and composed character. He said these same qualities reflect in his captaincy.
“It is really fair to say that he leads by example. He comes across as quite calm and composed and that’s the way that he leads as well. I think we are quite lucky to have a variety of different leaders. We have got guys like Tim Southee, who will come in and be vice-captain or be T20 leader.
I think he is a phenomenal leader in his own right. He is the guy, who will come in there and grab you by the shoulder and tell you that, ‘come guys, we can do it’.”“Kane, on the other hand, is nice and calm. It creates a nice balance. Kane, overall, is a great captain and a great leader. But these different leadership styles complement each other,” Sodhi further explained.