Within 20 minutes I realised we picked a gem: Moody on Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s leg-spinner, proved his mettle by bowling for just 20 minutes in the Sunrisers Hyderabad net session. Tom Moody, the then head coach of Hyderabad, got an idea about him in those 20 minutes of the net session.
Moody made the remarks in an interview with cricket-based website Cricbuzz. Rashid Khan, one of the best spinners currently, has been playing in Hyderabad since the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Tom Moody has seen him from the beginning.
From that experience, the Aussie coach said,
“I was very keen on getting a wrist spinner. I knew that wrist spinners were clearly having an impact in the game. Bowlers that can spin the ball both ways – whether it’s a wrist spinner or the finger spinner who can bowl the doosra. I spoke to the analyst – told him to look domestically and look internationally and try to find a number of options for us to explore.”
“Okay, the opposition he was bowling to was not IPL standard but what he was doing, he was doing incredibly consistently. So I felt it was a gamble worth taking purely on the basis that the only obstacle we had to face was whether he was going to be overawed by the IPL occasion and the big stage. But Rashid Khan turned out to be someone that welcomed the atmosphere and that pressure. The rest is history,” he added.
Recalling Hyderabad’s net session with Rashid Khan before the start of the 2017 IPL, Moody said, “[During] The very first net session in the camp before the first season he played, there were a few question marks about whether a kid from nowhere can suddenly step up and command the attention he did in the auction and then deliver on the big stage.
“I got a couple of our senior players including David Warner to face him and within 20 minutes I realised we picked a gem. His level of competitiveness in that the net scenario was to me ‘right this kid is ready to go’. He is not worried about who he is bowling to. He is delivering so consistently.”