Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Tom Moody defended the late inclusion of Kane Williamson in the side, saying that the side preferred to choose combinations according to the situation as there are only four available spots for overseas players.
The New Zealand captain had struck a terrific 51-ball 89 to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to their second consecutive win, beating Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs in their last match. The win had temporarily placed them on the second spot despite losing two games to former champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians. It was Williamson’s first match of the season as well.
“Well we won last year. So I guess we got our combinations right. Kane’s like a number of players in squads that you can argue that they could have played more but at the end of the day you can only play four overseas players,” Moody told the media during an interaction at a city hotel.
“With that, you’ve got to think of combinations to compliment your side with and a lot of that depends on your Indian players. And as we know Kane’s a very fine player in all formats of the game. But he’s had to be patient with opportunities purely because of the combination that we’ve had hasn’t allowed us to play two overseas specialist batsmen. We’ve gone more for all-rounders to give us depth in our bowling,” said Moody.
With four wins under their belt, Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently third on the table and although they’re yet to register a win away from home, Moody said he would prefer taking one game at a time.
“I think you can fall into a trap if you’re thinking too far ahead. We know the competition is going to be tight like it is every single year so... Every game has an importance to it and tomorrow’s match is an important game for us to continue to make sure that we are one of the top four teams at the end of the tournament,” he added.
Moody also praised the Afghanistan duo of Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan, the first from their country to feature in the IPL, stating that the two had perfectly gelled with the squad. “They’ve fitted in perfectly. Both speak perfectly good English, along with everyone else in the side,” he said.
“They’ve been around, particularly Mohammad Nabi. He’s been around for quite some time and got involved in different tournament. They fitted into the team environment and it’s been bit of a welcome addition as well you can say. One of the beauties of the IPL is having sort of that unique dynamic balance of nationalities and we’re fortunate to be the first side to secure a couple of Afghanis.”
He also clarified that Ashish Nehra might not make a comeback in the squad soon as he’s suffering a spasm. “At this stage the only question mark is on Ashish Nehra. He’s had a neck spasm over the last couple of days. It’s not serious but we’re not going to rush him back if he’s not hundred per cent fit. We would rather continue to play the depth in our squad and give them the opportunity,” said Moody.