‘Multan not relying only on Sangakkara or Malik’
DUBAI: Multan Sultans’ coach Tom Moody on Friday denied the impression that his side was relying on senior batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Shoaib Malik to win matches in Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Moody shot in denial when asked about over reliance on the duo, “You obviously had not seen Sohaib Maqsood bat so I don’t agree,” said Moody of Maqsood’s 85 against Peshawar Zalmi.
“Sangakkara has had an outstanding tournament but we do have some very good players in and around Sanga and Malik and as I said Maqsood has batted well and Ahmed Shehzad has got himself in on a number of occasion but has not managed to kick on but we hope that he will take control, kick on and get a good score for us,” added Moody.
Multan has lost two back to back matches to Quetta and Lahore, the last on Friday. But Moody, also a former coach of Sri Lanka and part of two World Cup winning Australian sides (1987 and 1999) denied any complacency crept in.
“We recognize that Lahore had a difficult tournament to-date, we also recognize that they have some serious match winners in their team. We need to continue to perform so that we can have momentum through the whole tournament so complacency doesn’t spring to mind,” said Moody, whose team won the first three matches in the PSL.
Moody reasoned the change of ball shifted the momentum against his team, which derailed from 92-1 to 114 all out thanks to Lahore paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi’s 5-4 in 3.4 overs.
Moody also disagreed two dropped catches by Saif Badar in the Lahore game typified the way Pakistan players field at international level.
“If you look at the opposite side, the way Ahmed Shehzad fields. he is a high class fielder. Sadaf has fielded well in the tournament but yes he dropped a couple of chances today and you could argue that they were costly with regards to the outcome of the match.
“No one needs to drop a catch, he is trying as hard as anyone to improving whether its batting or fielding. he is an exciting fielder, and you can expect him to take those catches more often than not,” said Moody.
Moody hoped Multan’s paceman Umar Gul- who took a career best 6-24 against Quetta in a lost cause- will recover from a knee injury which ruled him out of the Lahore game.
“Unfortunately Umar Gul knee has quite considerable swelling but we are managing that, so we are cretainly hoping that as the tournament unfolds he will be back and available for selection,” said Moody.