Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) coach Tom Moody praised the Afghanistan duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, saying that the franchise is lucky to have them on board. Defending champions SRH have had a good start to their IPL 2017 campaign. Sunrisers Hyderabad have won two out of their three games in the competition so far and will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Saturday. “He’s unique in the sense that he spins the ball both ways. Most of the batsmen who have come across him till today are not able to pick which way it’s turning. They are not sure whether it’s spinning to leg or off,” Moody said. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2017, Match 14 at Kolkata
“It’s wonderful for Afghanistan cricket. We are fortunate to have both of them – Khan and Mohammed Nabi. They are match-winners and players who have got the ability to change,” Moody was quoted as saying by PTI..
Moody was the head coach of Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL) when Sunil Narine opened the innings — just like he did against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Thursday. “In Twenty20 cricket you have to be alert and aware that anything can be possible, whether it’s spinner open the bowling or batting. Most cricketers are pretty adaptable and versatile now,” Moody said of Sunil Narine’s 18-ball 37 while opening the batting.
“As a side [we] need to be prepared for the unexpected. One of the key tactics is try to catch your opponent by surprise. Even if you steal an over from the game with bat or ball it gives you a big advantage. KKR felt good reason to go with the change at top of the order given the loss of Chris Lynn,” he added.
Moody said that it has been difficult to leave out a quality player like Kane Williamson, but the New Zealand captain was aware of the team combination. “It’s difficult for any franchise to leave high quality overseas players. One of them being Kane. We are aware of his class. But it’s about getting the right combination to have the consistency in a tournament. Kane is fully aware of the situation. He understands, team comes first for him. His chance will come.”
Ben Cutting was awarded the Man of the Match award in the IPL 2016 final. Moody believes that he has cashed in on his limited opportunities in the IPL. “His chance came and he capitalised and made a significant contribution. Past nine years have seen a significant change in quality of domestic talents. Most young talents are ready and prepared now. They know what’s required to step up to next level. In the first few years, it was a big gap between quality Indian players and the overseas players. But now it’s close considerably,” Moody said.
Mustafizur Rahman conceded 34 runs in 2.4 overs against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the previous match. Moody believes that does not anything to do with injury. “I don’t think it’s got anything to do with his injury. He’s been playing the Test and ODI series in Sri Lanka. His form has been good. I think he can have an off day like any bowler. With the opponent getting on top of him, I still think he’s effective as he’s been in the past. But it was not his day in Mumbai and I’m sure it will come back shortly.”