Williamson has a wise head: Moody

Kane Williamson has been astute in his captaincy, feels Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Kane Williamson. AFP

Sunrisers Hyderabad have earned a reputation for their bowling this season. Coach Tom Moody, although appreciative of his bowlers, put things in perspective by pointing out at the “challenging wickets” during their last five matches.

In fact, Hyderabad have won all their previous five matches spurred by the depth in their bowling. The batting, however, hasn't been as effective.“I don’t want to take credit away from bowlers. They’ve done a terrific job. They keep delivering under pressure. But what we need to recognise is that with regards to our batting, the last five games we’ve played have been on challenging wickets. So, we haven’t had the pleasure of being able to stand and deliver like we’ve seen a few games here in Delhi, Kolkata and Pune. Our wickets have not been of that nature. They’ve been hard to bat on,” Moody said on Wednesday.

A win on Thursday will seal a play-off berth for them. The former Australian cricketer was also full of praise for Kane Williamson who took over the captaincy after David Warner was suspended following his role in ball-tampering scandal.

“Kane is very astute. We’ve seen that with him captaining the New Zealand side. He has transitioned into that role here. He is not that old when it comes to international cricket captaincy. But he has a very wise head and reads the game very well in pressure situations. It is great to have Kane take that responsibility,” he said.

Such has been the nature of T20s that even a normally sedate Williamson is seen expressing himself on the field.

“The pace and emotion are of different kinds in Test and T20s. While Test is a grind, T20 is fast and furious where even the most subdued character will get a little bit emotionally connected. I don’t think he has gone over the top, he just cares,” Moody reasoned.

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