Raipur: Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has praised Moises Henriques for his outstanding 74-run knock in an IPL match, saying the Australian all-rounder is a capable player who has delivered with both bat and ball.
Henriques struck a blistering 74 off 46 balls against Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League encounter yesterday, helping his side reach 163/4 at the Shaeed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here.
Daredevils were restricted to 157/4, losing by six runs.
“Moises Henriques is an experienced player. He hasn’t played a lot of international cricket but he has been around IPL getting a lot of opportunity. What he has shown is more than capable (today), taking the responsibility in the top order batting well. His bowling has also been handy, he gives us depth with the ball too,” Moody said at the post-match press conference.
About the balance in his side, Moody said, “At this moment the balance of the side is well suited to the combination we are carrying, we have. We have got two world-class bowlers on the sidelines but you know in the same we also got world-class batsmen, Kane Williamson sitting on the sidelines.
“We cannot play with everyone and the balance with which we have gone into the game has been effective in the past couple of matches. We enjoyed success with that.”
The 49-year-old coach also praised the skills of Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and captain David Warner.
“Absolutely he is backing up well. With the new ball, he is dangerous, the swing with the new ball he can get (especially) in the closing over when the pressure is on his defencive skills has been outstanding,” Moody said lauding Bhuvneshwar’s consistent performance.
Hailing Warner’s leadership skills, Moody said, “He has been excellent. I think his tactical judgement has been good.
As a captain he made right moves in the right times, he has been calm under pressure. Certainly the bowlers have enjoyed having the Australian opener Warner?as captain because he has given them responsibility and he has done a god job.”
When asked whether the spin department of Sunrisers will be more attacking in forthcoming matches, Moody said his team opted for off-spinners against Delhi because the team’s top order has a number of left-handers.
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