Bengaluru: Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) clash between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Tom Moody, coach of the Hyderabad team, has said his team has no special plans for restricting opposition captain and star player Virat Kohli.
“He has been in amazing form. Look, we don’t have any special plans to restrict Virat Kohli. We will be concentrating on executing our plans. If Kohli has a day out or Chris Gayle has a day out or AB de Villiers or whoever that might be that’s something not in our control. What is in our control is executing our plans as efficiently as possible,” he told reporters at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Moody also said that he was not concerned over the form of opener Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan. He said he was sure the aforementioned players will lead from the front for the team.
“I have no concern with the form of these players. They are world class performers and this is a different campaign, different team and different opportunity. I am sure all of them will thrive and have a successful campaign,” he said.
Moody also said he hoped star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh would overcome his injury and be back for selection soon.
“Yuvi is a big loss. He is a match winner and has proven that. Of course we will miss his presence but what is important is he recovers as quickly as possible. We are hopeful that within a couple of weeks he will back in consideration for selection,” he said.
Ashish Nehra, who recently surprised one and all by getting a call back to the national team, continued to impress Moody.
“He is wonderful bowler. He is in top form and his experience on and off the field is invaluable. A great character to have him in the dressing room,” he said.
Expecting a good batting surface for the clash, Moody said, “To be really honest, I have had a brief look at it today, but I will have a close look at it tomorrow. Generally the wicket here is very good so I am expecting a good batting surface,” he said.
The Australian is also happy with the preparations leading up to tomorrow’s game because the players had ample time acclimatize and freshen up mentally and physically.