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But Moody was committed to comeback. His main strength was to identify talent and persist with that. Chamara Kapugedara for example was included in the side on Moody’s insistence and it was the coach who insisted in giving Upul Tharanga a longer run, especially in the ODI side. He was also instrumental in brining Chamara Silva back into the side and on his return, Silva was a revelation.

by Rex Clementine

It didn’t take you that long to realise how well Tom Moody fitted into the Sri Lankan system and, as country’s Head Coach over a three-year period, he made a massive impact. By the time the ICC Cricket World Cup ended, there was speculation saying that Moody was contemplating whether to extend his contract and in the end opted to move out. Some felt that he had already set up a contract with Western Australia, his hometown. Eventually, with his family Moody moved to Perth with a job as State team’s Head Coach.

Having had a successful run as an international coach, he could have applied for all the lucrative coaching jobs in the world and could have secured them. The Indian job for example was offered on a platter to him. But the tall Western Australian put family commitments first and settled with a lesser lucrative job.

The Sri Lankans were willing to give Moody a bigger package, but they couldn’t woo him as he put the family before his profession and left.

Although Moody was hailed for his success with the Sri Lankan side, the start for him wasn’t good at all. In one of his first ever assignments away from home, Sri Lanka suffered a heavy loss at the hands of India. Sri Lanka won just one of the seven ODIs in India and lost two of the three Tests.

But Moody was committed to comeback. His main strength was to identify talent and persist with that. Chamara Kapugedara for example was included in the side on Moody’s insistence and it was the coach who insisted in giving Upul Tharanga a longer run, especially in the ODI side. He was also instrumental in brining Chamara Silva back into the side and on his return, Silva was a revelation. Silva had been completely forgotten, but on seeing the batsman, he requested for his speedy promotion and Silva, after spending sometime with ‘A’ team, was chosen for Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand, where he collected a pair on Test debut in Christchurch and then went onto score a match winning 150 in Wellington.

The highlights during Moody’s stint as coach were drawing the Test series in England coming from behind and squaring the series against New Zealand, once again coming from behind. Sri Lanka also handed England a 5-0 embarrassing defeat in their own den and everything was topped off with an excellent run in the World Cup.

Moody challenged all players, whether they were seniors or younger ones, and forced them to get out of their comfort zones and the result was greater consistency from both the batsmen and bowlers while fielding looked impeccable. His mantra was ‘be never satisfied’. Trevor Penny, who also moved with Moody to Western Australia, played a crucial role in helping the Sri Lankans to sharpen their fielding and the combination of Moody and Penny worked perfectly. He was also appreciated for motivating the players and that played a vital role during his coaching stint.

It’s only a matter of time before Moody takes over as the coach of the Australian national team from Tim Nielsen. Probably after the next World Cup, a call might come his way to be associated with the senior side.

A certain contributing factor for Sri Lanka’s recent staggering performances is that they are lacking Moody’s motivation.

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