The Rajasthan Royals called in Ish Sodhi to replace Afgan cricketer Zahir Khan. Ish Sodhi was left unsold in the IPL auctions this year through his base-price was Rs.50 Lacs. He is one of the top players in the World class cricket.
Ish Sodhi is a leg-spinner from New Zealand and played T20 cricket for Sydney Strikers in the Big Bash League as well as for Northern Districts. He was a short-form cricket specialist and one of the bowling spearheads during ICC T20 world cup in 2016. He played a vital role in the victory of New Zealand in a match at Nagpur by picking 3 wickets off 18 runs during the series in India.
Zahir Khan, a leggie from Afganistan was picked by the franchise after stiff competition from Mumbai for Rs.50 Lacs. He recently flashed in the U19 cricket world cup.
Ish Sodhi played 22 ODIs, 26 T20Is and 15 test-matches for New Zealand and this season will be his debut IPL season.
Rajasthan Royals suffered a ban period of 2 years in the IPL on account of spot-fixing allegations. The IPL 2018 became more anticipated one by the return of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings into the competition.
In the opening game of IPL 2018, the team suffered a loss of wickets of opening batsmen earlier and failed to do well with the ball indeed. Their score in the first game was 125 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad. They lost the game by 9 wickets to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Jofra Archer, who has to stay out of the first game due to injury, was expected to be rested for the second game also. The Rajasthan Royals will take on the Delhi DareDevils in their second game at Jaipur. This is their first home game in the IPL this year. Ish Sodhi is expected to play a vital role in the game as a leg-spinner, as the team is in immediate need of a competent spinner.