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New Zealand leggie Ish Sodhi to join Rajasthan Royals as replacement for spinner Zahir Khan

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New Zealand's Ish Sodhi celebrates
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Another day, another injury, another replacement- this is what the IPL has been seeing throughout the past month. The most recent player to join this undesirable list is Afghanistan wrist spinner Zahir Khan who has been ruled out of the league and New Zealand leggie Ish Sodhi has been named as his replacement.

Sodhi, who had set his base prize at 50 lakhs in the IPL auctions, failed to get any bidders. With his roots in India, the leg spinner is a complete bowler with all the variations in his kitty. He bowls a deceptive googly and also has a lethal flipper up his sleeve.

Sodhi first came into the limelight in India when he toured the country for the 2016 T20 World Cup, where he picked 10 wickets in five matches. In his first match against India, Sodhi returned with impressive figures of 3 for 18. Subsequently, the Kiwi bowler shone in the Australian Big Bash League when he bagged a 6-wicket haul while playing for the Adelaide Strikers.

The 25-year-old bowler, with 36 wickets in 26 T20Is and an economy rate of around 7.50, would be available for the Rajasthan Royals from their 3rd match onwards. Sodhi, currently the no 4 ranked T20I bolwer, would bring in some much required experience in the otherwise inexperienced spin bowling department of the Royals.

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