The legacy of players of Indian descent in the New Zealand squad is nothing new. The Kiwis currently have spinners Ajaz Patel and Ish Sodhi as members of Indian descent. He is likely to play in the Test starting in Kanpur on Thursday. Ajaz Patil and his family moved to New Zealand when he was eight years old. Ajaz Patel, 33, said it took a long time for the left-arm spinner to enter international cricket. At the age of 30, he was named in the New Zealand T20 squad. He also got a chance in the Tests after that. Ajaz took 26 wickets at an average of 30.46 in 9 Tests and 11 wickets at an average of 10.72 in 7 T20s. He has not had a chance in the ODIs yet. “I have now gone to some parts of India that I have never seen before,” Patel said. He said it would be a challenge to face India at home. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the spinners in the Indian team.
Ish Sodhi was born in Ludhiana, Punjab. He moved to New Zealand with his family at an early age and settled down. At the youth level he got a chance in cricket in Auckland. He excelled with his leg spin and was selected for the New Zealand Under-19 team. It was then that he made his international debut with a Test match. Sodhi, who played his first Test in 2013, won the T20s and ODIs in the next two years. Although he made his Test debut, he was most influential in the T20s. The 29-year-old has so far taken 41 wickets in 17 Tests, 43 in 33 ODIs and 83 in 66 T20s.
Rachin Ravindra, of Indian descent, played in the T20 series against India. Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar have teamed up to name Rachin Ravindra. Rachin wants to talk to India head coach Ravichandran Ashwin and get some tips. Among the players who played for the Kiwis were Deepak Patel, Jeetan Patel, Jeet Rawal, Ronnie Heera and Turn Netula, all of Indian descent.
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