IPL 2018: Tom Moody Hails Sunrisers Hyderabad's Team Effort

Published - 28 May 2018, 03:25 PM

Tom Moody
Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) head coach Tom Moody hailed the collective team effort of the team following the culmination of season eleven of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The Orange Army ended up as the second-best team as they failed to cross the last hurdle against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), thus went on to lose their all four games against Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai in this edition.

However, Hyderabad was consistent with their performances while banking on their bowlers.

In fact, the Kane Williamson-led team ended at the summit of the IPL points table in the league stages.

Meanwhile, they lost their momentum towards the fag end of the tournament. The 2016-edition champions lost four matches on the trot which had put them on the backfoot.

Tom Moody
Tom Moody. Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

Sunrisers Hyderabad was impressive:

Moody said that it was a really good season for them. The former Australian all-rounder added that it was a good comeback for the team after early setbacks.

Moody said after the completion of the grand finale,  “I think the season has been really good. We had a few setbacks early on with a few players unavailable. It wasn’t a bad thing for us to come back to earth after the start, rejig something for the finals”.

There were doubts raised over the Twenty20 game of Williamson. However, the SRH skipper was able to quash his critics with his fine performances.

New Zealand captain scored 735 runs in this season – to claim the Orange Cap which is the third highest in IPL folklore in a particular season. Moody appreciated Kane for leading the team with aplomb.

Kane Williamson IPL 2018
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Kane Williamson was classical:

SRH coach added, “Kane has shown the cricketing world that he can play all three formats leisurely. We are really fortunate to have him in the squad and every team is lucky to have him at the helm”.

Moody went on to praise SRH’s linchpin, Rashid Khan. The Afghanistan leg-spinner was once again able to deliver the goods as he scalped 21 wickets in the 17 matches he played in the season. Moreover, he was economical in his bowling.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Moody added, “He’s (Rashid) a terrific cricketer, not only in India but everybody’s fallen in love with him. Not only his bowling, we saw what a flash he had with the bat in Calcutta. He’s been a fantastic cricketer”.

Furthermore, Tom Moody also appreciated the match-winning knock of Shane Watson. The Australian all-rounder was at his best as his second century of the season helped Chennai in getting over the line in the final.

Tom went on add, “I saw something special tonight. Shane Watson’s innings was just out of the box; they needed something special and that’s what Watson provided”.

Sunrisers did a fine job under the leadership of Williamson. Hyderabad was able to make their way into the final for the second time in IPL. However, they could not crack the code on how to get the better of the Super Kings throughout the season.