Tom Moody, the head coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, has come out and stated that the transition his team had to go through at the start of the season, from being a team of David Warner to being captained by Kane Williamson, was a swift adjustment to make for the whole set up.
Sunrisers Hyderabad lost David Warner, around whom they built their tea, over the years, to the Ball-Tampering saga at the start of the season but thankfully had the able leadership skill of Kane Williamson in their camp o bank on.
Williamson has done an absolutely tough job in an admirable fashion, where he has not only cleared doubts about his suitability as a batsman for SRH but has been excellent as a captain too, having taken his team to an Indian Premier League final this year.
Tom Moody is all praise for the man. He was recently quoted saying, “I think it’s been an easy transition for our team given that Kane’s been part of the Sunrisers setup for a few years, those who were there in the previous years were very familiar with Kane as a person and a lot of people sort of forget the fact that even though you don’t have a type as a leader, he naturally offered his leadership around the group. Whether he was in the playing XI or not in the playing XI, I know for certain (that) David Warner relied him a lot with his advice on match-day or outside"
“So, given that was the history, the actual transition was a very smooth transition. I think it’s just a case of him adapting to a new environment to captain and the IPL is a unique environment and he’s done that like a duck to water.”
Kane Williamson himself understands the position he finds himself in for Sunrisers. He has the opportunity to take this franchise to their second title this year and in all likelihood will have to make way for the original captain next year.
Williamson recently said, “The captaincy came fairly suddenly. It’s been an enjoyable experience, I think as a franchise being involved for a few years and the team has changed quite a lot it some ways with 14 new players. Exciting to learn something about myself and the guys in the team – different cultures, different parts of the world with Tom (Moody) and the management"
“Look Davey is a big part of the franchise as a player and as a leader, He’s contributed so much in the last few years and obviously as events unfolded, things changed pretty quickly. But as a team, we gelled pretty quickly together to try and start operating well as a unit.”
(Inputs from Wisden India)