Ish Sodhi, not Mitchell Santner, should be in the New Zealand playing XI: Dipak Patel


Dubai, Oct 19 | Former New Zealand spinner and middle-order batter, Dipak Patel, wants tweaker Ish Sodhi in the Black Caps’ playing XI for the ICC T20 World Cup ahead of the current left-armer Mitchell Santner.

Patel, who played 37 Tests scoring 1200 runs and taking 75 wickets, and is the current spin-bowling coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kolkata Knight Riders, felt that Sodhi has emerged as New Zealand’s best spinner option over the years in the shortest format of the game.

“I think Ish Sodhi over the years has probably been our best spinner in T20 cricket,” Patel said on the programme ‘Mornings with Ian Smith’ on Tuesday.

“It’s good to see that he’s going to get a fair go. I’m not convinced with the other guys, I don’t think they’ve played enough international cricket,” said Patel.

Patel is also not happy with the recent form of Mitchell Santner. “He’s just lost his way; I think he’s confused… I think he’s tried to attack too much at times. You’re always hearing from the Blackcaps management that he’s a batting all-rounder not a bowling all-rounder, that in itself is where his problem is.

“He’s just got carried away with the variations and what’s asked of him… I just don’t see any consistency with his bowling,” added the 62-year-old Patel.

With the pitches in the UAE likely to aid spin bowlers, Patel felt having a good spinner in the side would be crucial.

“Spin is going to play a big part in Dubai… at the end of the day, it’s the bowlers that win you the game, no question about it. Stack your team up with your best five or six bowlers… if you look back at the records of previous World Cups, the spinners are at the top of the records.”

New Zealand commence their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 26.

Source: IANS

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The weakness in US stocks is playing out globally with signs of higher inflation, which has spoiled investors’ appetite for the Indian market as well. Rising India VIX to 25.28 has led Indices to big intraday swings on both sides. Sectorally maximum sectors closed on the negative side as Nifty IT and Nifty Media sheds more than 3 percent each. While Nifty Financial Services ended on a positive side gaining 0.68 percent.

In nifty stocks, NTPC, HDFCLIFE, SBILIFE were the top gainers while ASIANPAINT, ADANIPORT and TECHM were the prime laggards. Coming to the OI Data, on the call side highest OI witnessed at 16200 followed by 16300 strike price while on the put side, the highest OI was at 15800 strike price. Technically, Nifty has formed three black crow patterns in the daily chart suggesting bearishness would remain intact. We expect a rise in volatility as well on monthly expiry day.

Riding against the trend may not be beneficial for short term traders. All major moving averages are lying above 16300 levels. Indicators such as MACD and RSI are still struggling to overcome the oversold zone in the daily time frame. Overall, Nifty is having support at 15800 mark while on the upside 16300 may act as an immediate resistance for monthly expiry. While Banknifty has support around 33500 while resistance is placed at 35200 on the daily chart.

Om Mehra
Research Associate
Choice Broking

Source: Choice India


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