IPL 2018: Tom Moody backs Wriddhiman Saha as the opener for Sunrisers

Saha has been outstanding with the gloves and would relish this responsibility.

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In David Warner’s absence from the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s squad, it was Wriddhiman Saha the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman who came out to open the innings for the team in their opening encounter against the Rajasthan Royals. Saha has some terrific knocks at top of the order for Kings XI Punjab in the past, with his hundred in the final of the 2014 season versus Kolkata Knight Riders standing out, and so you could understand why he was batting so high. Saha failed, though and inflicted calls that SRH can search for someone else. 

Tom Moody, team's head coach, though, has come out in support of the move and backs the best wicketkeeper in the country to stand up, being given another tough responsibility. 

Talking to the media, Moody stated, “We feel he is a very dangerous top-order player. Not only is he comfortably the best ‘keeper in the country but we feel at the top of the order in T20 cricket his record is good. He is a good right-hand option for us as an impact player up front,” 

Sunrisers has a big game coming up at home, as the play the defending champions Mumbai Indians tonight. When asked whether SRH, which won their first game dominatingly over RR, would consider making a few changes. Moody said, “We are looking at a couple of options, yes, but we are reluctant to make too many changes for obvious reasons. We would also like to make sure that we have got the right match-ups for the game against Mumbai,” 

Talking about the likely nature of the home surface, after the first game ended up a low scoring one. He said, “The wicket in the first game was excellent, (it) had good pace and carry, and plenty of runs. I would imagine tomorrow’s wicket (against Mumbai Indians) to be pretty much the same. It is a good contest between the bat and the ball when it is like that,” 


By Kashish Chadha - 12 Apr, 2018

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