Tom Moody is on a mission. The former Australian all-rounder, who is one of the most highly regarded coaches in the game, is hoping to guide the Mohali franchisee to a maiden IPL title.
In an exclusive interview with the Hindustan Times, Moody, who coached Sri Lanka to the World Cup final last year, spoke about the challenges of coaching at the IPL, his goals for the season and lots more.
The IPL is just round the corner now, how are you looking at coaching at the tournament?
Well, I’m obviously very excited about the whole thing. It is always both a privilege and a challenge to be involved with a start up, and I’m looking forward.
Four of the eight franchisees will be coached by Australians. What do you think are the reasons for this attraction towards Aussie coaches?
I think this demand for Aussies is natural. Australia have been the dominant force in world cricket for a while now. The other teams, in the hope of achieving that dominance, are deciding to employ Aussies at the helm.
Australians have always been known for their determination. Irrespective of the sport, Australia is the team to beat. They never give up, no matter how bleak a situation. It makes them stand out.
How different will coaching the Mohali team be from coaching a national side?
The primary difference would be the fact that in the IPL, I would be coaching a team made up of players of different nationalities. It will be a team made up of different cultures, too. Having coached in the sub -continent before (with Sri Lanka) will be however be a huge advantage for me.
What are your thoughts about the IPL? Do you think it can sustain itself?
The IPL is definitely here to stay. It has captured the imagination of every cricket fan the world over. As far as controversies are concerned, trust me when the cricket starts, everything else will be forgotten. It is a celebration of the game, and will be enjoyed by everyone.
Are you happy with the players you have?
Oh yes! I couldn’t have asked for a better set of players. It seems to have the perfect blend of big, proven names and local talent. I am really looking forward to meeting my team and start working towards winning some silverware.