Sunrisers Hyderabad appoints Tom Moody as Director of Cricket

Former Australian cricketer and coach, Tom Moody has rejoined Indian Premier League’s franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Earlier, Moody was the coach of Sunrisers for six years from 2013 to 2019. His new role at the franchise will be Director of Cricket. The announcement about Tom Moody’s return came on December 15 through SRH’s social media handles.

The 55-year-old played for Australia from 1987-1999 and became coach in 2001. He has been associated with Sri Lanka National team when they got into the finals of 2007 World Cup. Moody has also coached domestic sides from Australia and England. In 2008, Kings XI Punjab brought the Australian to IPL as coach with a three-year deal.

The Hyderabad-based franchise got the Australian coach on-board in 2012. During his first year with SRH, Moody guided the team to playoffs. In 2016, the franchise clinched its maiden IPL title with Moody. Sunrisers featured in five playoffs in seven years under Moody.

In 2020, Moody was replaced by England’s World Cup-winning coach Trevor Bayliss. Under Bayliss, Sunrisers also played the playoffs before suffering defeat against Delhi Capitals in second qualifier. Bayliss has won two IPL trophies with Kolkata Knight Riders and won one Big Bash title with Sydney Sixers.

Trevor Bayliss, the former Australian cricketer would continue as the head coach of Sunrisers. The Australian duo is regarded as the sharpest and most tactical coaching brains in World Cricket and with former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman in the mentorship role, the Hyderabad franchise has one of the  formidable think-tanks in the league.

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