If reports are to be believed, former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody is interested in becoming the next Indian coach. The current coach Ravi Shastri will step down after the T20 World Cup and Moody is keen on taking over the role. If Moody, who currently serves as the Director of Cricket for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), applies for the role, it will be his fourth attempt in grabbling the role, having previously applied in 2017 and 2019, losing to Ravi Shastri on both occasions.
“It’s understood the former World Cup-winner and well-travelled coach is eyeing the Indian coaching job, which is set to be vacated by (Ravi) Shastri following the impending T20 World Cup,” Foxsports.com.au reported.
Moody has a vast amount of experience in coaching. He has previously coached Sri Lanka men’s team, IPL franchises, Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) and Sunrisers Hyderabad. SRH’s only IPL title win came under Moody’s reign. He served as SRH coach for seven years, between 2013-2017 before being promoted as the Director of Cricket for the franchise.
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a miserable IPL 2021 both in and out of the field. While their on-field performances were not great, the management was slammed for their treatment to David Warner. The southpaw was stripped of his leadership duties midway through the tournament and was dropped from the team. Further, he was even barred from travelling with the team.
The reports linked Warner’s sacking to Moody's aspirations to become India coach. “It’s believed the Sunrisers’ owners are influential figures in the BCCI, which could explain the decision to leave Warner out for their past half-a-dozen matches and turn to youth.”
“Warner, too, has been approached by a number of other IPL franchises, who have been shocked by the run-scoring machine being sidelined,” the report stated.