IPL 2022: Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody defends starting Kane Williamson, who is out of form.

Hyderabad coach Tom Moody defends playing Kane Williamson as an opener . Moody says he is against tinkering with the Hyderabad middle order .

MUMBAI: Despite the batsmans' long-running run drought in the Indian Premier League, Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has defended playing captain Kane Williamson as an opener.Williamsons' total of 208 runs from 12 games has reached a strike rate of 92.85, the lowest among batsmen with a minimum of 100 runs this season.In Saturday's match against Kolkata Knight Riders, the New Zealand captain dominated just nine off 17 balls, but Moody said he was against tinkering with the Hyderabad middle order, which had been playing well for them.After losing to Kolkata in Pune, Moody says Rahul Tripathi has batted really well at number three and (Aiden) Markram has been one of the top batters in the tournament at four.

We have trusted Kane with his quality, and there is no doubt about his world-class reputation.We haven't made the move because the batting has been very good throughout the tournament, as we've seen.