Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has said that it is a pleasure working with players such as Shikhar Dhawan, who have a strong desire to improve their skills and evolve as a cricketer. Also Read: Shikhar Dhawan, Sunrisers Hyderabad shine
27-year-old Dhawan scored his second consecutive half century to lead Hyderabad to the main round of Champions League T20 as they beat Faisalabad Wolves, last night.
"He has done a good job, he is going to blossom every single game he plays, his leadership today (Wednesday) was excellent. The positive thing about Shikhar is that whether he is captaining or batting, he constantly wants to improve," Moody said at the post-match press conference here.
"He is always asking questions, he is always wanting to develop his game. So, from a coaching point of view, it is pleasure to work with people who have an open mind and are prepared to grow, as people," Moody said at the post-match press conference here," the burly Australian added. Also Read: Mishra, Karan Sharma bowled beautifully, says Dhawan
With back-to-back victories, Hyderabad have joined New Zealand's Otago Volts in the main draw while Wolves from Pakistan and Kandurata Maroons from Sri Lanka have been eliminated.
Further praising Dhawan, Moody said "his maturity and work ethics have sort of come in line. He is very clear on what he wants to achieve, he is an extremely hard worker, he is very thorough in his preparation and when you have someone who has those sort of professional standards along with a lot of natural ability, they are destined to perform consistently at higher level."
Moody also felt Dhawan was lucky get an opportunity to show what he is capable of.
"It's opportunity as well, there is a lot of good players out there in the world, who do the right thing and work hard, but don't get opportunity. When he got his opportunity here in Mohali, he took it with both hands and hasn't looked back."
The Sunrisers coach said that with one more game coming up on Friday, the team will be looking to go through qualifying stage undefeated, "as momentum in Twenty20 is important."
Moody said they had expected the Qualifying stage to be a challenging one.
"We think teams in this stage are very competitive and they have got a lot of experience. We knew we had to be playing at our best, which is never easy