IPL 2021 – Sunrisers Hyderabad: The Indian Premier League’s 14th edition is few months away but teams have started gearing up for the IPL 2021 challenge. Sunrisers Hyderabad has appointed Tom Moody as Director of Cricket for IPL 2021.
The franchise confirmed the development on Twitter
Former Australia cricketer Moody was associated with Sunrisers till 2019 season as the head coach before Trevor Bayliss was given the role.
Under Bayliss’ coaching in IPL 2020, Sunrisers reached the playoffs this season.
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) December 15, 2020
The franchise took to Twitter to make the announcement and wrote: “@TomMoodyCricket has been appointed as the Director of Cricket for SunRisers Hyderabad. #OrangeArmy #KeepRising.” The former Australian cricketer has previously served as the franchise’s coach. SRH had appointed Trevor Bayliss as the new head coach in July last year, replacing Moody. Moody spent seven years with the franchise and helped the team to make five playoff appearances. The side won the IPL title under his guidance in 2016.
At the time of leaving the role as SRH coach, Moody had tweeted: “It’s been a privilege to work for SunRisers Hyderabad, I have made many friendships and good memories. The success we’ve enjoyed over the 7 yrs is a testament to a hard-working team on and off the field. A special thank you to the players, support staff and all the fans.”
In the 2020 edition of the IPL, SRH failed to reach the final of the tournament after being beaten by Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2. Mumbai Indians had won the 13th edition of the IPL, which was played in the UAE.
Sunrisers Hyderabad enjoyed a prolific IPL 2020 campaign but fell a little short of making it to the finals. Despite a slow start, the franchise showed great character to qualify for the knockout stages as the third-placed team. Playing in Eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Orange Army won it by 5 wickets but failed to get over the final hurdle going down Delhi Capitals in the second Eliminator.