Former Indian and current Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper, MS Dhoni has a whole lot of admirers. Even after stepping down as the captain of the national team back in 2016, yet the veteran wicket-keeper batsman continues to impress the cricketing world with his great leadership skills. In the huge list of his admirers, there is an addition in New Zealand’s India-born leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.
I think mental clarity is very important
The 26-year-old leggie who has been named in the 15-member New Zealand squad for the 2019 World Cup, Sodhi is currently playing for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He played his first game of season yesterday against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and picked up the crucial wicket of Mayank Agarwal who was looking quite dangerous during his brief stay at the crease.
Sodhi mentioned that it is very important to have clarity about the role in the team. He revealed that he has started to learn the ability to slow the game from MS Dhoni. He also noted that his respect for Dhoni has increased quite a bit after witnessing his great skills.
“I think mental clarity on one’s role is very important. The ability to slow the game right down and that’s something that I am starting to really respect and understand watching MS Dhoni when he plays, looks like he really slows the game down, understands exactly what he needs to do and then goes out and tries to achieve that. Players may not win you every single game like that but they will come quite close and put up consistent performances,” quoted Ish Sodhi.
Consistency comes from a really clear mindset
Sodhi who has 123 international wickets in 17 Tests, 30 ODIs and 33 T20Is, stated that consistency only comes with a clear mindset. He revealed the fact that differentiates between class players and world-class players is that they have contributed t the game over a long period of time.
“I suppose consistency comes from a really clear mindset. That’s what we are striving for as cricketers, it’s nice to contribute once in a while, that’s amazing to contribute to wins. But contributing over a long period of time, I think is what separates the class players from the world-class players,” Sodhi added.