• Tom Moody hints at the combination SRH will opt for against RCB

    SRH take on RCB who are in a must-win situation.

    Tom Moody
    Sunrisers Hyderabad, head coach Tom Moody. (Photo by IANS)

    Table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad tomorrow play Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. While the game means a lot for the home team RCB, it has little significance for SRH with regards to the effect on the immediate future as they have already qualified for the playoffs. That is what prompted most to believe that Kane Williamson’s team will make a few changes in the squad going into the game.

    However, that’s not what coach Tom Moody and the team management is aiming for. Sunrisers have won nine out of their 12 matches and sit easy with 18 points. In any case, they are certain to finish among the top two and thus get two lives to qualify for the final. But when the team’s head coach Moody was asked about the possible changes in the team and if they’ll test the bench he said that it isn’t the best move in his view.

    Not eager to make a lot of changes

    The SRH head coach was adamant that maintaining a stable XI is the best way forward and most successful teams in this format decide and stick to a stable combination with their best players all the way through.

    “If you look at any T20 tournament, teams which have a high percentage of wins against losses, have very few turnover with regards to the playing XI. That’s pretty much been the case with us,” Moody said.

    He mentioned that the only changes they’ve made are forced i.e. to make up for an injured player. “Apart from a couple of injuries, we have been pretty consistent with our selections and I think it is an important thing to have. We will continue to be consistent in these last few games,” the Australian added.

    Despite the fact that they’ve won enough league matches the Sunrisers still want to keep winning and take this momentum into the playoffs.

    “Because yes, we want to continue to win and secondly, I think it is important you have the continuity within the playing XI – people understanding what their roles are within the team and they get an opportunity to continue their form,” the SRH coach concluded further suggesting that someone like Carlos Brathwaite might not get a game just yet.

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