'A good move': Netizens nod in approval after Sunrisers Hyderabad appoint Brian Lara as new head coach for IPL 2023

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, September 03, 2022, 04:31 PM IST
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Brian Lara | Photo: Twitter

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad announced on Saturday that legendary West Indies batter Brian Lara has been appointed the head coach of the side for upcoming seasons of the league.

SRH took to Twitter to make the announcement.

"Announcement The cricketing legend Brian Lara will be our head coach for the upcoming #IPL seasons. #OrangeArmy," tweeted the handle of the franchise.

Speculations had been rife in the media since Friday that Moody would not be returning to be Sunrisers head coach in the coming IPL seasons and that he as well as the franchise had departed on mutual terms.

Moody was recently appointed as director of cricket for the Glazers Family-owned Desert Vipers, which is one of the six franchises in the upcoming ILT20 in the UAE, which is scheduled to begin from January 2023.

Moody's first stint as the head coach of the Sunrisers ran from 2013 to 2019. Under him, Hyderabad reached the playoffs five times and won the IPL for the first time in 2016. In 2020, Moody was replaced by fellow Australian Trevor Bayliss as head coach in 2020.

But in 2021, Moody returned to the franchise as director of cricket with Bayliss still serving as the head coach. Once Bayliss left the job after a dismal 2021 IPL season, in which the Sunrisers finished last in the points table with just three wins, Moody was again appointed as the head coach.

Moody's return as head coach for the Sunrisers in IPL 2022 couldn't change their fortunes. Sunrisers finished eighth in the 10-team tournament, with six victories and eight defeats. In the first half of the season, Sunrisers seemed to be making the playoffs on the back of winning five matches in a row.

However, in the second half of the tournament, they had to face five consecutive defeats, which cost them a shot at the playoffs. Captain Kane Williamson was not at his best with the bat while injuries to crucial Indian players like Washington Sundar and T Natarajan in key junctures of the tournament left disturbed their balance of the playing eleven.

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