Sunrisers Hyderabad Coach Tom Moody has said his team has no special plans for restricting opposition captain and star player Virat Kohli when the two teams meet in the Indian Premier League. (Respect Virat Kohli As a Player: Shane Watson)
“He has been in amazing form. 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. (IPL 9: RCB Get Shane Watson Boost)
Replying to a query, Moody said he has no concerns over the form of Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan, and hoped they would end up with a successful campaign.
“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.
On Yuvraj Singh’s absence due to injury, Moody hoped the southpaw will be back in consideration for selection within a couple of weeks.
“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.
On Nehra’s inclusion, Moody said the Delhi bowler is in top form and a great character to have him in the dressing room.
“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.
Moody is expecting a good batting surface.
“To be really honest, I have had a brief look at it t, but I will have a closer look. 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 the game because the players had ample time to acclimatize and freshen up mentally and physically.
“I think we have had a slight advantage, which has allowed our international players to freshen up mentally and physically. It also has given us a chance to familiarise with each other. So I am very happy with the preparations leading up to tomorrow’s game,” he added.