The IPL’s most decorated side, Mumbai Indians had asked Sunrisers Hyderabad for a trade deal for Rashid Khan two years ago, said Tom Moody, who had been SRH head coach till 2019. Former England coach Trevor Bayliss took charge in 2020. SRH finished the season with defeat to Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2.
According to Tom Moody, no other team in the IPL would have the “gumption or bravado” to ask for a deal for Rashid Khan.
Speaking on ESPNCricinfo video, Moody said, “I remember Mumbai Indians, it may have been 2-years ago, requesting a trade for Rashid Khan. I mean come on! No other franchise had the gumption or bravado to be able to knock on the door and say look we’d like to get a trade for Rashid Khan – that’s like okay, I’m sure you do so, does the rest of the world.”
Rashid Khan, the No.1 T20I player in the ICC rankings, has been one of SRH’s crucial cogs over recent years. Once again he played in an important role in their season as he took 20 wickets from 16 matches at an extraordinary economy rate of 5.70.
Moody said only Mumbai Indians would think of requesting a trade for a player of Rashid’s caliber, but also added that it is this approach which has allowed MI to build a championship-winning unit.
MI won the IPL 2020 final on Tuesday, with recent acquisition Trent Boult being the Man of the Match in the final.
“What I’ve found through my experience over the last few years in the IPL is that Mumbai Indians is probably one of the most active teams in regards to seeking trade opportunities. They are not afraid to knock on your doors and ask for ridiculous deals. And they keep knocking on the door, and if they keep doing that to seven other franchises, they are eventually going to get what they want,” Moody said.
He pointed out how Delhi Capitals allowed Trent Boult to go to MI and how the move came back to bite them in the IPL 2020 Playoffs.