Tom Moody, the head coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad has said that the absence of their regular skipper David Warner won't affect the composition of the side at it has enough depth to cover his absence.
It is pertinent here to mention that David Warner ruled himself out from IPL 11 after Cricket Australia suspended him from the game for 12 months for his alleged involvement in the ball tampering scam in the Cape Town Test against the Proteas. Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, his Australia teammates too were involved in the same however, it is believed that it was Warner who masterminded the operation.
With the IPL starting from April 7, Sunrisers Hyderabad named Kane Williamson as their skipper for the season who has been with the franchise since 2015.
In an interaction after new members of the team were presented team jerseys here on Thursday, Moody said, “It is all about collective effort and not that only individuals matter as the team prepares to regain the IPL trophy it won in the 2016 edition. We have a number of players who are ready to seize on the opportunities [received by them] by rising to the occasion.”
Despite the absence of Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad is “a very good side,” felt Moody. He said, “Warner batted and led the team well and was an important member of our team. But, even as some developments unfolded recently which saw him out of the team, we still feel we are a very good side with lot of depth.”
He added, “There is very little we can do with Warner. We have to keep moving on as a team. There will be very little impact by way of Warner’s absence. We got the depth and balance thanks to the freedom in auction we got the players we wanted to be in the team.”
Moody also was delighted with Kane Williamson being their new skipper and also stated the reason behind it. “We all know how the cricketing nations respect New Zealanders for the way they play the game. And, Kane played an important role in the last couple of seasons with us and we are glad that he is ready to step up and stand out as a leader,” he said.
Moody outlined the reasons to choose English opener Alex Hales in the squad. He said, “We strongly felt that he is of international quality and being a right-hander should be the perfect complement to left-handed Shikhar Dhawan. And, he is completely dedicated to white-ball cricket, which is important to us.”
SRH play their first game of the season against Rajasthan Royals on April 9.