Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Tom Moody said on Sunday that he is optimistic about his team’s chances in the eighth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the team regrouped for the first time.
The team’s Indian contingent consisting of Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Parvez Rasool and Naman Ojha kicked off their pre-season training as they engaged in light training ahead of their season opener against Chennai Super Kings on April 11.
Head coach of Hyderabad was all smiles in the training on the first day and is confident of a strong showing from the team.
“The fans should expect an exciting brand of cricket and a successful year. We have high expectations of where we want to end up this year and hopeful of playing our finest cricket,” Moody said.
Australia’s hard-hitting opening batsman David Warner will lead the side and Moody is confident the 2015 World Cup win will boost his confidence ahead of the brand new IPL season.
“I think it’s an advantage having players who have experienced success in the World Cup,” Moody said.
“Obviously David was on the winning side but to also have two New Zealanders that reached the final is a huge advantage to us because they’ve had a successful campaign.
“Hopefully that rubs off onto our campaign in this season of IPL.”
Hyderabad will play two practice matches on April 7 and 8 at the ACA Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam before their season opener against CSK.(IANS)