Leg spinner joins Rajasthan as Zahir’s replacement

Afghanistan’s Zahir Khan has joined the lengthy injury list of IPL 2018, as Rajasthan Royals have replaced him with New Zealand leg-break bowler Ish Sodhi.

RR had fought off competition from Mumbai Indians to snap up the left-arm chinaman bowler – who was impressive in the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year – for INR 50 lakh.

Zahir’s injury, however, has turned RR’s attention to a more experienced spinner in Sodhi. The Kiwi spinner – who could add weight to RR’s relatively inexperienced spin department – comes with a very good economy rate – 7.43 in T20Is and 7.66 in T20s – and has 36 wickets in 26 international fixtures in the format.

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Sodhi also has the experience of excelling in India, famously during the World T20 of 2016, where he picked 10 wickets in five games. That performance included his best-ever in the tournament – 3 for 18 – against India.

Like Imran Tahir in IPL 2017, Sodhi too was the No.1 T20I bowler at the time of the player auction and went unsold, before being roped in as a replacement bowler. Sodhi is currently fourth on the list of T20I bowler

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