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Sodhi bides his time after missing call-up

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/01/2017
Ish Sodhi with Luke Ronchi and Kane Williamson. © Getty Images Ish Sodhi with Luke Ronchi and Kane Williamson.

Ish Sodhi is trying to stay positive after missing out on the Black Caps one day squad for the first two matches of the Chappell-Hadlee series with Australia.

Sodhi shrugged off the setback by taking 2-28 for the Northern Knights in their two wicket loss to the Central Stags in Hamilton on Sunday to back up his excellent Twenty20 form across the Tasman.

The legspinner was on fire last week finishing with figures of 6-11 in the Big Bash League for the Adelaide Strikers against the Sydney Thunder.

"It's nice to perform on the big stage - it was quite pleasing for me to be able to spin the ball both ways, something that I have been working on a lot over the last 2-3 months and I guess it's paying off.

"Every game that I play is a big game for me and I'm just trying to perform the best I can every time for the team that I'm playing for" Sodhi said.

But he was omitted from the Black Caps' 50-over side for the first two games at Auckland's Eden Park on January 30 and Napier's McLean Park three days later.

The 24-year-old has been told by the national selectors he's a chance of playing for the Black Caps in the third one-dayer in Hamilton on February 5

"Selection wise I'm not too worried about that at the moment, I'm just hoping to do my job for Northern Districts and if higher honours come down the track that's great" Sodhi said.

His performances in T20 cricket may have opened the door to an Indian Premier League contract when the auction takes place on February 4 but he remains focused on the here and now.

"If the opportunity comes I will grab it with two hands. I'll try and get over there and do the same thing I've been doing" he said.

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