Dear India, watch out for Ish Sodhi: Former NZ player warns Team India ahead of virtual T20 World Cup quarterfinal

With both teams coming after a defeat against Pakistan in their respective opening matches and the other fixtures lined up ahead relatively easier, the match is a virtual quarterfinal and the winner of this match is likely to join Pakistan in the semifinal lineup.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 31 October 2021 2:15 pm

Die-hard Indian fans would not have forgotten India's miserable start to the T20 World Cup campaign in 2016. The opposition was New Zealand who the Indian team are to face in a while and after having restricted the BlackCaps to 126/7 on what looked like a dry surface, it appeared that India would comfortably beat their opponents.

However, that was not to be. New Zealand's spinner Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner had completely different ideas as they spun a web against the mighty Indian batting order to win the match by a big margin of 47 runs. In the next T20 World Cup outing against each other, there is perhaps more at stake for both sides.

With both teams coming after a defeat against Pakistan in their respective opening matches and the other fixtures lined up ahead relatively easier, the match is a virtual quarterfinal and the winner of this match is likely to join Pakistan in the semifinal lineup from Group 2.

New Zealand just need to be a bit dynamic with the ball: Nicol

Former New Zealand opener Rob Nicol in an interview with Sportskeeda has warned India against taking Ish Sodhi lightly. He said that even Glenn Phillips can bowl a bit of spin along with Sodhi and Santner.

"Add [Glenn] Phillips to these two (Sodhi and Santner) and they together form a decent spin trio. They just need to be a bit dynamic with the ball, but Sodhi has simply been outstanding! Dear India, watch out for him," he said.

Additionally, he chose Devon Conway and Kane Williamson as players who can do well against India in this fixture.

India are a little bit too safe: Vaughan

Earlier, former England captain Michael Vaughan had said that India needs to show some more intent with the bat. He termed India a "bit too safe" despite the aggressive batters in their XI.

"I think India need to go for it a bit more with the bat. If they want to win this World Cup, they will want to go for it. They are a little bit too safe. They have wonderful talent and wonderful batters that can play an aggressive game pretty much from ball one and all the way down to the 20th over," Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.

"They've got so much skill and power. Great combinations as well. I would like to see them play with a bit more risk. Particularly after the 6th over. From 6-12 overs, I still think you have to go for boundaries. The old days of knocking it around and hanging in there won't win you games against England and Pakistan," he added.

India and New Zealand will meet later on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium on October 31.