Since the young Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan joined the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), he has widely impressed with his bowling skills, for which, he is also famous in the cricket world. Recently, the former SRH Head Coach Tom Moody revealed how he realised that Rashid would be one of their successful bets.
After making his IPL debut in 2017 edition, Rashid Khan has picked up 55 wickets in 46 matches, which are the second-most wickets for a bowler in this period of the IPL. The leg-spinner took 17, 21 and 17 wickets in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions respectively of the IPL tournament.
In the 2017 IPL auction, Rashid was bought by the SRH management for INR 4 crore. At that time, the former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody was searching for a wrist spinner, who can play an effective role in the SRH side.
In a recent chat with Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz, Moody revealed, “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.”
However, after putting the successful bid on Rashid Khan, Moody had some question marks on the ability of the young Afghan spinner in the big stages.
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.”
Within 20 minutes I realised we picked a gem: Tom Moody after seeing Rashid Khan in the first training session for SRH
But after the SRH captain David Warner, who led the team to win the IPL 2016, and a few other seniors faced the young Rashid at the net, Moody realised that they picked up a great bowler. He further added that Rashid was not worried about the batsman, and he impressed then SRH Head Coach in every aspect of the game.
Moody added, “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 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.
“No one understood what he was doing, couldn’t work out which way he was turning it. He ticked every box in that first training session. He went from strength to strength because once you get the trust from your own environment, it’s a very powerful thing. He had that in 20 minutes.”
Tom Moody, who was serving as a Head Coach of the SRH team from their first-ever IPL season in 2013, left the team after the IPL 2019.