Tom Moody, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Director of Cricket, said that the team will have to change and play in a certain approach when they take on the defending champions, Mumbai Indians on Saturday in Chennai in their third game of IPL 2021 if they have to fare better then their previous couple of losses.
Tom Moody heaps praise on the 5-time champions, who are coming from a comeback victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders. The former Australian batsman acknowledges the strength of the “unique” Mumbai Indians side, which is their middle-order filled with dynamic superstar batters.
However, he also understands the Friday’s game is only the third of both the side and MI, too, are yet to be at their best, and SRH can cash in on that in Chennai.
“You know there’s no doubt that we need to look at the way that we play and have a certain approach against Mumbai because they’re a unique side they possess a lot of power in their game, particularly in their middle-order, so we need to look at how we match up against their certain players,” Tom Moody was quoted by Sportskeeda as saying.
“We all know Mumbai are a formidable side, they’re a side that’s had enormous success over a number of years, star studded both with Indian superstars plus also overseas stars, so we know we’re up against it, but we also know that you know it’s early in the tournament, they’re finding their feet just like we’re finding our feet,” he added.
Important That We Take Advantage Of The Learnings That We’ve Had So Far: Tom Moody
While speaking of the losses SRH suffered, to KKR and RCB, Tom Moody asserts that the team should learn from both the games about the conditions in Chennai, where death overs hitting has been extremely difficult for the batters. The 55-year-old maintains elucidates that the players need to prepare themselves both on the technical and the mental aspect while taking on Rohit Sharma’s side.
“I think it’s obviously important that we take advantage of the learnings that we’ve had so far playing in these (Chennai) conditions and make sure that we’re well equipped and ready both technically and mentally to be able to take on the challenge,” the former Aussie batter added.
It remains to be seen if Kane Williamson makes the cut for Saturday’s game; he missed the first couple of games due to an injury, which had earlier ruled him out from the home matches against Bangladesh. Also, it would be interesting to see, if the Kiwi is fit, who would he replace: Jonny Bairstow or Jason Holder as both the players have done well in the past games.