Sodhi return offers Notts T20 certainty

New Zealand legspinner Ish Sodhi will return to Trent Bridge as Notts Outlaws’ second overseas signing for their T20 Blast title defence.

Sodhi will join the Outlaws’ Australian captain Dan Christian in a reformed partnership that helped the club achieve their first victory in the competition at Edgbaston last September.

Notts batting line-up has enforced changes this summer, following Michael Lumb’s retirement and the return of Brendan Taylor to Zimbabwe, but Notts’ head coach Peter Moores hopes the return of his overseas pairing will help preservew stability.

“What Ish did brilliantly for us last season was to take wickets and break partnerships, which is the best way of restricting opposition runs in T20,” he said.

“Getting both Dan Christian and Ish back for this season will hopefully allow us to start the tournament quickly, with everyone knowing their role and the style of cricket we like to play.”

Sodhi, currently the world’s number one T20 bowler in the ICC rankings, took 15 wickets in Notts’ 2017 Blast campaign, which culminated in victories over Hampshire and then Birmingham Bears on Finals Day.

“I can’t wait to come back to play for the Outlaws again as it was such an amazing experience playing in a winning team last year,” Sodhi said. “While there are one or two changes in personnel for 2018, the players who have joined, such as Chris Nash and Paul Coughlin, mean the squad is looking just as strong. I really believe if we play to our potential that we can defend our title.”

Sodhi has just helped Northern Knights win the T20 Blast equivalent in New Zealand, the Super Smash, where they beat Central Stags in Saturday’s final. The India-born player is currently part of New Zealand’s team for an international T20 series against Pakistan. He is expected to be available for the entire Blast campaign.

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