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Inderbir Singh Sodhi - New Zealand Sikh Cricketer


Inderbir Singh Sodhi (born 31 October 1992), known as Ish Sodhi, is a New Zealand cricketer who represents in Northern Districts.
He bowls right-arm leg spin, and bats right-handed. He began his career representing Northern Districts cricket team in 2012/13 season.
Sodhi made his debut for New Zealand in a test match against Bangladesh during New Zealand's tour of Bangladesh in October 2013.

There is little in Ish Sodhi's statistics to suggest he is an international-quality legspinner, but New Zealand's selectors have seen enough in
his aggressive approach and keen attitude to hand him a Test debut after only one full season of first-class cricket. Known chiefly for the turn he
generates and the flight he fearlessly trusts, Sodhi's journey to top-level cricket has been a triumph of determination over significant odds.

Born in Ludhiana, in the Indian state of Punjab, Sodhi began his cricket in south Auckland, where his parents had migrated in his youth. Papatoetoe High School is
not renowned for its cricket, and perhaps as a result, Sodhi had trouble establishing himself in regional representative teams, and may have also been a victim of Auckland's pitches
that provide little aid to spin bowlers, and captains who are not versed in how to use them.

Undeterred, Sodhi left school early and a training stint with Dipak Patel and Matt Horne was when his career finally got some traction. A move to Northern Districts allayed
the frustration of not being able to displace the spinner in the Auckland side, and after an encouraging 2012-13 season, Sodhi earned a trip to the subcontinent with New Zealand A, which
cleared the path to the New Zealand side.


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