IPL 2014 news May 3, 2014

Skills have developed dramatically in T20 - Moody

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tom Moody, the Sunrisers Hyderabad coach and former Australia allrounder, has said that players' skills have improved dramatically over the years in T20. Moody pointed to the emergence of unorthodox, aggressive batsmen such as Glenn Maxwell and said that players of his type were not to be seen in the early years of the shortest format.

"There is no doubt. It has changed enormously," Moody told ESPNcricinfo. "We have seen over the last seven years of just the IPL, for instance, a number of players develop their skills dramatically. We did not see the Maxwell-type cricketers in year one, two or three. We all remember the first innings in Bangalore when Brendon McCullum made a remarkable start to the IPL [with an unbeaten 158 off 73]. But that was more conventional cricket as we know it - the traditional sweep-slogs and hitting down the ground."

While McCullum's innings still remains the second-highest ever in T20s, Moody said hitting had become a lot more unconventional now, with newer scoring zones being uncovered by powerful batsmen such as Maxwell and David Warner. "Now we are seeing these reverse-sweep slogs - not just reverse-sweeps, but reverse-sweep slogs - that are going well in front of square right down to backward square. We have got Warner doing exactly the same sort of thing.

"We saw the other night Warner play a late cut right-handed against a quick. To think that was ever going to happen in year one [of the IPL], you'd be laughed at."

It wasn't only the batsmen who had developed their skills; Moody said the bowlers had done the same, and added that the process of change would continue as players sought to keep ahead of competition. "What we have also seen that is interesting is the bowlers suddenly also emerge and change their thought process as they have to keep up with the game. The disguise of slower balls has also improved. It is not just the standard slower ball that you see coming in these days. Most bowlers have to have two varieties of slower balls… the wide yorker we have also seen. So there have been a lot of changes.

"I still think it will continue to grow in that way because to be successful you need to keep moving. If you keep still you will be left behind. Both batsmen and bowlers will be very aware of that and coaches too for that matter. They need to keep moving and trying to find new ground to challenge their opponent."

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  • Shaik Ali on May 5, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Mr.Moody you've got to be putting back your thinking cap...pick the best eleven you've got for a match..everyone's got a day off that doesn't mean you drop them...chances are slipping...i cannot see SRH losing by big margins its only that they are not able to finish coz that small errors in selection costing them...why in the world do you continue with sammy...as a batsmen no way, his bowling is too weak, why dont you try moises henriques who is good enough bowler(surely better than sammy) n handy with the bat...god sake get rid of I Sharma...now that Steyn is washed by AB can you replace him with Holder ?? why double standards

  • Wayne on May 4, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    @LillianThomson as a passionate Australian supporter I am very thankful for the IPL and the Big Bash. 20 years ago there were perhaps 30 Australian professional cricketers earning a decent living playing either international or country cricket. I would say we now probably have say 60 Australian professional cricketers earning a decent living from playing 1st class cricket and 20/20. I would also say that number of Australian coaches and support staff would also make a decent living from the IPL. The IPL has it's place in the game, I just hope the tournament will continue to be played during the games traditional off season. Although I am thankfull for all the IPL has given us, I would hate to see it expanded to the point that it will jeopardise international cricket

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Lillian thomson, well tried but please ask your cricketers. Do they prefer playing in an empty johannesburg thursday's stadium against #2 test side or, ipl?

  • Jayaesh on May 4, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    @Scottyg, It is a universal fact that Indians are biggest supporters of the game, there passion and support base for the game is unparalleled .first of all what makes you assume that i don't love Test cricket, i love my test cricket but i also like my T20, we Indians love all forms of the game equally and don't beat up ourselves like some others over what is real or hit and giggle cricket.One or two test matches not being full houses does not signify lack of interest in tests , very large number of Indians follow test cricket on TV and Internet.I often hear that Aussies have full houses for tests, but tell me how many go and watch a Shield match between Victoria and NSW ?? going and attending Test matches in Australia and England is part of there culture and tradition, it is just like Wimbledon where every year millions of Brit throng SW 19 to watch Tennis but it doe not mean that Tennis is a popular sport in England.True cricket supporter does not look down on any format .

  • Scott on May 4, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Anshu.S If Indians are such great supporters of the game, where are your crowds for Test Cricket??? Maybe you should show some respect for test cricket, it's the only form of the game that really means something- who cares which franchise wins the IPL?

  • Jayaesh on May 4, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    @LILLIANTHOMSON,mate Nobody in India cares weather Auatralian public watches IPL or weather they watch any cricket at all , may be you should as IPL is providing off season employement to 50 odd Aussie players and supportstaff, ayways AFL,NRL and even Eurpean football is streaking ahead of cricket in popularity stakes back in Australia and it is not just for 2 months of IPL but all year round, As far England is concerned we all know it's football crazy and in New Zealand Rugby is no. 1 sport and in SA it is rugby and Football , looking at how young kids in your part of the world are not even interested in cricket ,so stop blaming IPL or any big 3 notion that you have for lack of interest in cricket,it is outdated and snobbish attitude of people like you which turns kids away from cricket.

  • Paul on May 4, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    LillianThomson, don't ever change your screen name, because those two players are perfectly suited to your opinions - controversial, skilful and 30 years out of date.

  • David on May 4, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    But these are pointless, stupid, irrelevant "skills", like a brain surgeon learning how to grow a silly moustache.

    If these batsmen were to try these circus stunts on a lively wicket against a quick bowler with a slip cordon they would be made to look like clowns.

    The IPL is accelerating the decline of cricket outside its Indian market. In places like England and Australia sports fans simply switch forget about cricket for two months and follow the climax of the European football season.

    I live in Australia, where IPL isn't even televised because the viewing figures used to be so small as to be unmeasurablel.

    I always find this two months of the year rather sad, the "cricket-free" period.

    What makes it even worse is that the rise of the Big Three forces those of us who live in countries with competitive teams (which can bowl) to endure endless boring series with the number 5 team. So even our own cricket seasons offer very little, because our Boards pimp our sides out endlessly.

  • Ashok on May 3, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Moody- the so called entertainment format has now progressed to a science. India showed it in the Asia cup by their consistent performances that the batting & scoring a sizeable total can be done consistently. After doing it in 5 matches, they faltered in the Final vs. SL- by playing too many dot balls during certain portion which gave away the momentum to the opposition. In the current IPL 7, Maxwell has scored heavily mostly with conventional hits, albeit he did use the reverse sweep. But he was dropped at least once in all his big innings which enabled his consistently big scores. On the other hand some bowlers(both pace & spin) also found the way to control runs. So the game as a whole is no longer slug fest but executed in a controlled manner which is a credit to all batsmen & bowlers for their ingenuity. It won't be long before even the hardened supporters of Test format will accept T20 as a unique format which needs specific skills & has its own formula for success!

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Change is the only thing that does not change

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