Ish Sodhi ‘is a good prospect for us’, says Mike Hesson

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“He is not a finished product yet, but he is worth investing in for the future”

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has announced that he was impressed by spinner Ish Sodhi’s performance during the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Sodhi took three wickets during his debut Test match, which ended as a draw, and Hesson believes the 20-year-old has a bright future ahead of him.

“I thought he got better as the Test went on,” Hesson said. “Ish is 20, a young man. He was nervous. He learned a lot. He created a number of opportunities.

“On a surface that didn’t have a lot of bounce, he hit the gloves a couple of times. He is a good prospect for us. He is not a finished product yet, but he is worth investing in for the future.”

Hesson also admitted that New Zealand were missing veteran spinner Daniel Vettori, who has not played Test cricket in more than a year due to an Achilles injury he is struggling to recover from.

“He is a fine performer,” Hesson said. “Any side that New Zealand puts out without Dan Vettori is a weaker side. That’s just the fact.

“Any side would miss Dan Vettori, and we have been without Dan for a little while now.”

The New Zealand coach noted that he was also extremely pleased with the performances of Kane Williamson, who scored 114 and 74, and wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who registered his second Test century.

“I am really pleased with Kane Williamson,” Hesson said. “He got a great hundred in P Sara last year. He plays spin well.

“He timed the ball nicely on a wicket where scoring three an over was tough. He looked at ease.

“After a bit of fortune early on, BJ [Watling] also played very well. He trained a lot in the winter. We are all delighted for him. He showed his skills in these conditions.”

Both New Zealand and Bangladesh will not be training over the next couple of days due to two major religious festivals in Bangladesh, the Durga Puja and Eid-ul-Adha, which starts tomorrow.

Hesson revealed that New Zealand would not start training for the second Test until Friday.

“We have plenty of things planned for the next few days,” Hesson said. “We have a chance to freshen up, get some physical work done in the gym.

“We will also do a bit of scouting. Our guys enjoy the travelling side of international cricket. We want to get to know different cultures as much as we can. I think we won’t be spending three days in the hotel.”

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