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Santner different from Vettori: Ish Sodhi

Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner has emerged as New Zealand’s trump card in the ongoing World Twenty20 but his bowling partner Ish Sodhi on Friday said it is not fair to compare him to the talismanic Daniel Vettori as both are completely different despite similar styles.

Santner has grabbed eight wickets in three matches so far and has played a key role in New Zealand’s smooth unbeaten march into the semifinals.

“He (Vettori) was a fantastic bowler in his own right. But I think they are completely different bowlers. Santner is being himself as much as he can at the moment and it’s working really well for him. For us to have his voice when we need it is really nice,” Santner told reporters on the eve of the team’s match against Bangladesh here.

Decoding the secret of Santner’s success, Sodhi said the left-arm spinner’s ability to use his wrist well makes him a difficult proposition in the spin-friendly Indian conditions.

“He’s a finger spinner but he puts a lot of wrist like leg-spin bowling. He puts lot of wrists on the ball. You have to do that with our conditions as it’s not very conducive to spin, so you have to get something out of the wicket. I think he’s a product of that.
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