Sodhi happy to strike form

“I am more confident and really pleased with my bowling today. The pitch was flat but when I saw the Indian bowlers pick wickets, I felt I can do it too,” he said.

Shreyas Iyer (left) chats with Ish Sodhi after the end of day's play in Mulapadu on Sunday.   -  V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Ish Sodhi of New Zealand A, who returned with a five-wicket haul against India A on Sunday in the four-day Test match at Mulapadu Cricket Complex here, says that he really bowled a lot and worked hard in the last one year.

“I am more confident and really pleased with my bowling today. The pitch was flat but when I saw the Indian bowlers pick wickets, I felt I can do it too,” he said.

“Yes when you watch bowlers like Ashwin and Jadeja take so many wickets, it is not certainly about bowling like them but trying to emulate their feats,” Sodhi said.

“The objective is to play as many games as possible and bowl as much as possible over the net 10 years,” he said.

On the other hand, India’s centurion, Shreyas Iyer, was understandably pleased with another ton coming his way.

Is that a result of his coach Rahul Dravid’s advise? “Rahul sir always tells to spend as much time as possible out there in the middle. I am just trying to do that and enjoying my batting," a visibly delighted Shreyas said.

“I back myself under pressure. It is not a conscious effort to attack right through innings. Yes, when in 30s and 40s, I do try to attack to make the bowlers bowl to my strengths,” he said.

“We are all used to playing in these conditions which are definitely challenging to both the sides,” Shreyas said.

“Well, I suffered cramps when I turned back to take an extra run when I was in 90s. It was very difficult to bat on but glad that I controlled my game to reach the century mark before a bad shot selection saw me get out," Shreyas said.