New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi was named as a replacement for counterpart Todd Astle for the upcoming ODI series against India. Astle suffered a groin injury during a warm-up game against the Board President XI at the Brabourne Stadium.
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The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a release, “Astle suffered the injury in a warm-up game between the BlackCaps and a President Board’s XI in Mumbai on Tuesday. Further assessment and a scan confirmed Astle to have suffered a tear on his right side, which will see him ruled out for around three weeks. Ish Sodhi, who was originally only named in the Twenty20 squad, will replace Astle in the ODI side.”
Astle had bowled only three balls in his first spell when he suffered the strain during the first warm-up match against the Indian Board President’s XI, on Tuesday. He left the field immediately and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson went on to complete the over.
Sodhi was initially just the part of Kiwi T20I squad and Astle was preferred for the ODIs due to his superlative form for New Zealand A side.
New Zealand ODI squad for India tour 2017: Kane Williamson (c), Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, George Worker, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee.
The first of the three ODIs begin in Mumbai on Sunday, October 22.