CLT20: Having Shikhar Dhawan available an incredible bonus, says Sunrisers' coach Tom Moody

Hyderabad had scrapped and battled and won ugly through to the playoffs in the IPL, but have looked a more formidable batting outfit this time around, fortified by the presence throughout the competition of Shikhar Dhawan, who missed the early part of the IPL through a fractured finger, and JP Duminy, who missed the entire tournament.

updated: September 19, 2013 11:53 IST
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Bangalore: Not given to showing much emotion, Tom Moody appeared no more than mildly satisfied at Mission One Accomplished, minutes after Sunrisers Hyderabad qualified for the main draw of the Champions League with a second clinical performance in as many nights. (Shikhar Dhawan credits Amit Mishra for win vs Faisalabad)

Having brushed Kandurata Maroons aside by eight wickets in their opening game, Hyderabad sealed their Champions League berth with a seven-wicket rout of Faisalabad Wolves at the PCA Stadium on Wednesday (September 18) night. "We respected that this qualifying stage was going to be a challenging one because we think that the teams that are in this stage are very competitive teams," said Moody, the Hyderabad coach. "They have a lot of experience. We knew that we had to be playing at our best which is never easy to do when you have had limited preparation time. But we have managed to hit the ground running, which is really pleasing."

Shikhar Dhawan, the new captain, has led from the front, and Moody was unstinting in his praise of the left-hand opening batsman. "He has done a good job," he said. "At the end of the day, it is still very early on. He is going to blossom every single game that he plays. I thought his leadership today was excellent. The positive thing about Shikhar is that whether he is captaining or whether he is batting, he constantly wants to improve. He is always asking questions, he is always wanting to develop his game and himself. From a coaching point of view, it is a pleasure to work with people who have that open mind and are prepared to grow as people."

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