Coach Tom Moody defends Kane Williamson’s decision to open the innings
Mumbai Defending the decision of struggling Kane Williamson to continue opening the innings, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody said if something is going wrong then why change something that is going right for him. .
Moody said that the other batsmen in the team are performing brilliantly in their roles. Captain Williamson has been battling poor form in the current season and has managed only 208 runs in 12 matches and averaged 18.92 during this period. “Rahul Tripathi is batting brilliantly at number three and Aidan Markram is one of the top batsmen of the tournament batting at number four,” Moody said at the post-match press conference.
He said, “So we thought that if something is going bad then why change something that is going right for it.” Williamson made 17 balls during the 54-run loss against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. Scored nine runs. “Given the level of Kane, we have confidence in him, there is no doubt about his world-class ability,” Moody said. That’s why we didn’t take this step because we saw in the tournament where the batsmen are doing well.
He said, “It is Abhishek Sharma at number three, Tripathi at number three, Markram at number four and Nicholas Pooran at number five.” Sunrisers were in the race for a place in the play-offs with five consecutive wins but After this, he had to face defeat in five consecutive matches, which has made his path difficult. Knight Riders pacer Tim Southee heaped praise on all-rounder Andre Russell, whose performance has kept the team alive with modest hopes of a place in the play-offs.
Southee said, “He did a great job throughout the tournament, not just with the bat but with the ball as well. There are few players in the world who can do special things and Russell is one of them. Was in trouble after losing wickets.
He then played a key role in restricting Sunrisers to 123 for eight by taking three wickets for 22 runs. Knight Riders now have 12 points from 13 matches and have a net run rate of plus 0.160. Rajasthan Royals have 14 points from 12 matches while Royal Challengers Bangalore have 14 points from 13 matches and both these teams have better chances of making it to the play-offs. Even if the Knight Riders team wins the last league match, their place in the play-off will not be decided.