Not even sure what you're trying to say now. Regardless, I'm not sure how good Sodhi is going to become, but I'm prrpared to bet that if he's managed right he'll be better than any other spinner currently playing professional cricket in New Zealand.
Excellent home results + a receptive relationship with Eddie Punch-clock and Veitchy Talkback + a very vibrant and highly-tendered international TV rights market. Blocky knows his agribusiness there, itbt.
Those dreary SC and WI tours, cheap and nasty production values, that's a much harder and less practical nut to crack.
Not a much lower average. After his first 2 seasons of Plunket shield cricket Williamson had 29 wickets at 41. He hasn't yet finished his second season yet, but Sodhi has 28 wickets at 43. And yeah it's not great, but it's vastly superior than other recent u19 spinners like Nick Beard and Tim Johnston, it's also not terrible by general domestic standards. Jeetan Patel has performed similarly over the same period, as has Todd Astle.
For the record, KW is obviously a vastly superior spinner to Sodhi ATM, and if he hadn't had to focus on his batting I think he probably could've developed into a better spin bowler than Sodhi will ever be.
I'd want to test KW and Nick Beard's actions before I'd even consider them for national selection (if KW was a specialist spinner).
ND have this horrible policy of selecting really bad spin bowlers who bat a bit. Keir Bettley, Jono Boult (who performs better at domestic than Sodhi) come to mind as recent selections. Since Bruce Martin left the province, and Vettori stopped playing, Williamson has been their best spinbowler by a country mile.
So, what other drums do you have to beat, Blocky?
We've already got
1. Guptill hate
2. Sodhi abuse
3. Wagner the top order destroyer
Can you give us any idea of what other topics we should expect to be beaten over the head repeatedly over in the forthcoming months and years? I'd like time to make adequate mental preparation.
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Adam Wheater - Another batsman off the Essex production line
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Vimes tells it how it is:
1. A batsman who can score more than once every five innings and who doesn't entirely slow down the entire team at the start of the innings when he doesn't come off
2. A bowler to actually have to perform domestically before getting a chance in our test unit
3. A bowler who has performed progressively better since his debut in tests with a great domestic backstory behind him to be given a fair chance at establishing himself as our third seamer.
Yeah, I must be completely mad to beat those drums.
Haha. I don't necessarily disagree with you on the topics per se, but every time I open this thread or the NZ vs. India one at the moment, the same 3 arguments are being recycled. I get your position, I think everyone gets your position on those three topics.
no, it's because you don't understand where the topic of conversation is heading.
I.e. "Wagner's performance is going to be critical in this series and he needs to do better than what he's done in his career, because otherwise he's a major weak link"
and then you start talking about how good Wagner is. I.e. not the topic at hand.
The thing I really don't like about sodhi is his action. I'm impressed he's got as far as FC level with a bowling action that maximises none of his athletic potential. He's never going to turn his leg-break consistently the way he bowls currently and it's probably too late to seriously change it. That video kipp posted of some Aussie 12 year old - now that's how you bowl a leggie. It's got the load-up, the pivot, and the rip.
I still hope he continues to improve and build on the recent 5-for as with any young bowler. He shouldn't get extra credit and attention just because of the fact that he bowls slowly and turns the ball a certain direction though.
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