IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody says team is not focusing on playoff qualification

Moody said, "We are not focusing on qualifying. We are concentrating on improvement. With improvement, we feel the wins will come our way and will get the reward we want, that is to be in the top four."

PTI, May 04, 2018 23:17:22 IST

Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently at the top of IPL table but their head coach Tom Moody said they were at the moment not focusing on qualifying for the playoffs.

"We are not focusing on qualifying. We are concentrating on improvement. With improvement, we feel the wins will come our way and will get the reward we want, that is to be in the top four. We feel there are areas we can improve. That's what we are striving to do," Moody said.

He was addressing the media at the pre-match conference ahead of Sunrisers' match against Delhi Daredevils on Friday.

With this win, Sunrisers Hyderabad are now third in the points table. Sportzpics

File image of Sunrisers Hyderabad who are now perched at the top of table. Sportzpics

"They (Daredevils) have got a couple of very exciting young players. No question about that. We are looking forward to the opportunity of playing against them. We will have some specific ideas for certain players like we do with any other team," he said.

On pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar who missed some recent games owing to a back injury, Moody said his key bowler was progressing well.

"He (Kumar) has had a full bowl today(Friday) and completed that successfully. We just want to see how he responds tomorrow," the head coach said.

The form of Shikhar Dhawan, who suffered a hit on the elbow in a recent match, is not a cause for worry for the team.

"Not really. He (Dhawan) started the tournament well. He had a nasty knock on the elbow. (He) missed a game, lost a little bit of momentum because of that. But he is a world-class player. World class players don't go missing for long," said the Australian.

Replying to a query on Manish Pandey's performance, Moody said the middle order batsman has done well with two half-centuries which not many batsmen have got in the tournament.

"I am not going to buy any witch hunting for any flaws in our batting. We have played on challenging wickets, as simple as that. We have done well so far."

Meanwhile, Delhi Daredevils spinner Amit Mishra said his team would like to put its best foot forward in the game against SRH on Saturday.

"Momentum is always there. Obviously, if you win matches, you become mentally a little relaxed and positive. Not this match, every match we are playing from now is important for us. But, this team is talented. It is a positive side" he said.

"When you are playing in such a big tournament, you cannot say there is pressure. Everybody knows what our situation is. We are focusing match by match. We are focusing on tomorrow's match. We are not thinking of the four matches ahead," he said.

Updated Date: May 04, 2018 23:17:22 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254