One of the best coaches in cricket; in Tom Moody recently picked his World T20 IPL XI. He was asked to do so during a conversation with eminent cricket commentator; Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz. Moody clarified that he was choosing a team for now.
“So, we are talking of a team that is playing now. Not a team that we have seen play in the last ten years. So I am picking a team that is playing in a tournament in the next three weeks,” Moody said before naming the players.
He wanted left-right combination to start things off. Therefore; he chose David Warner and Rohit Sharma as his openers. He also made Rohit the captain of team; by saying that he has ‘more IPL trophies’.
“I will go with Warner at the top with Rohit Sharma, so I have got a left and right hand combination. Kohli three, AB de Villiers four,” he said.
As, he said; he chose Indian captain Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers as his team’s third and fourth batters respectively. At no.5; he wanted a wicket-keeper batsman.
“Five, this is a difficult one. I am keen on going with Jos Buttler, but I recognise that if I have a coach’s hat on, I need a left-hander. So I am going to go with Nicholas Pooran. I need a left hander in that middle order and just to give me a balance between left and right…”
Moody later said that he has seen Pooran play a lot during the Caribbean Premier League but clarified that his choice was also based on the fact that he needed a left hander in the middle order and that’s why he chose the youngster from West Indies.
Though; Moody gave justification for not picking MS Dhoni in his team.
“I just want to clarify that it is a team for today otherwise Dhoni is a no brainer. I am his number one fan. I think what he has done, from a captaincy point of view and from a playing perspective it has been unbelievable,” he added.
The remaining spots were filled by T20 stalwarts of our times.
“I will have Andre Russell at 6 and 7 Narine, Starc, Rashid Khan, Bumrah, Archer and my 12th man without a doubt, due to his fielding brilliance Jadeja,” the IPL-winning coach said.
Tom Moody’s team: Rohit Sharma(c), David Warner, Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Nicholas Pooran(wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Mitchell Starc, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jofra Archer.
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