Australian Tom Moody says a new breed of cricketer is being made in T20.
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody beleives the Indian Premier League has gained a unique place in world cricket as it is helping develop a new type of cricketer.
Moody pointed to players such as Glenn Maxwell, who has taken this year’s competition by storm, as a yardstick of what is possible now not just in the shortest form of the game.
“There is no doubt. It has changed enormously,” Moody said.
“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.”
However, Moody said the new improvised cricket shots players such as Maxwell and David Warner, who showcased a reversed cut shot recently, shows what can be done with skill and imagination.
“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,” he said.
“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.”