As per reports, former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody may apply for the post of India head coach for the fourth time, following the T20 World Cup after which the current head coach Ravi Shastri will step down. Moody, who is currently the Director of Cricket for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), had also applied in 2017 and 2019 but was not considered as Ravi Shastri grabbed the role.
“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 as coach having previously coached Sri Lanka and IPL franchises’ Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was the coach of the SRH team that won the IPL title in 2016. He served the role from 2013-2019 before being promoted as the Director of Cricket.
Sunrisers Hyderabad didn’t have a favourable outing in the IPL 2021 and bowed out from the group stage. More so, the management was severely criticised for their treatment of David Warner. Despite being the most consistent performer for SRH, Warner was stripped of his leadership duties, dropped from the team and even was barred from travelling with the team in the second leg of IPL.
The report further states that the decision to sack David Warner midway through the IPL 2021 was inspired by Moody’s aspiration to become the Indian head 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.