IPL 2018: “SRH not going on a witch hunt against our batsmen," says Tom Moody

Tom Moody also talked about the form of Shikhar Dhawan and return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Tom Moody pic credit IPL

Tom Moody, the Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach, has expressed that SRH is not worried about the perception that their team is overly dependant on the exploits of their bowling resources. SRH has often come across as a side that looks to empower the depth in their bowling before strengthening their batting but it's a formula that has worked for them. This season they are currently at the top of the table having won 6 of their 8 games. 

Speaking at the press conference, Moody said, “We are not going on a witch hunt against our batsmen. They have been playing on challenging wickets. Had the batsmen failed on flat wickets, then maybe I would think our guys are not performing. We have not got surfaces where it’s absolute run feast, where batsmen are hitting sixes for fun. Lots of people don’t take that into consideration,”

He further added, “A guy like Manish Pandey, who has the tough job of playing in the middle overs, has scored two half-centuries. It’s better than most other middle-order batsmen. We have mostly played on surfaces which produce 130-150 runs. So, I don’t blame the batsmen.”

On the form of Shikhar Dhawan since his injury and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's possible return. Moody was quoted saying, “He(Shikhar Dhawan) started the tournament well but then got a nasty knock on the elbow (vs Kings XI Punjab). He also missed a match (vs Chennai Super Kings). He lost a little bit of momentum there. He is a world-class player and such persons won’t be missing for long. He is doing what he needs to regain form.”

“Things are looking very positive regarding Bhuvneshwar. However, we are not yet sure whether he will be available for the DD match or not. Today he bowled at full flow. We just want to see how he responds tomorrow morning. We have got back-to-back games here. We want to make sure he is going to be absolutely fine. We have the luxury of several good bowling options.”


By Kashish Chadha - 05 May, 2018

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