RR vs KKR in IPL 2021: The most expensive player in IPL history, Chris Morris has started to deliver on the field. On Saturday, his 4/23 against Kolkata Knight Riders helped Rajasthan Royals register a 6-wicket victory at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After the match, Morris said, he was happy to be contributing and dedicated the victory to COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers, who have been fighting tirelessly to help the patients.
“First, it’s quite nice to contribute. I’ve always said that I don’t care if I go for 16 in three overs or get a first-ball duck or I dropped four catches. I don’t care as long as the team wins. That’s the way, I play my cricket anywhere in the world. It’s nice to contribute and to reward some of the faith that’s been placed on me. It’s just nice to be playing in the IPL. It sounds cliché but it’s really nice just to be playing and I think we’ve dusted off quite a lot of rust. I think a lot of teams were a little bit rusty to start off with. Then slowly but surely, we are getting to the natural rhythm as a team,” Chris Morris said at the post-match press conference.
RR vs KKR in IPL 2021: ‘If our game brings people joy, then, we are doing something as a sport,’ Morris says
“As a team, we’ve been talking about it (COVID crisis in India) quite a lot over the last couple of days. We’ve seen how badly the pandemic has taken over specific parts of India if not all of India. So as a team, we first of all just want to say thanks to the heroes out there, those frontline workers, not just in India, but all around the world. They are absolute heroes. For them to be doing what they’re doing day in, day out for 24 hours a day, it’s just incredible. So as a team, you know, we are obviously feeling the hurt for everyone around the world. It’s quite difficult to comprehend what’s happening. It’s a responsibility for us,” Chris Morris said.
“Like I said to play with smiles on our faces because we’ve better reason to smile and that we’re healthy and we get to play the game and we love, and, you know, we get to hopefully keep people happy. On the other side of the screen, you know, whether we’re winning or losing is still an opportunity to keep people smiling and watching cricket. If that brings people joy, or even if it’s a little bit of joy, then we’re doing one as a sport. In terms of Rajasthan Royals, yes, we are definitely supporting the COVID workers. We’re supporting everyone who’s been affected by it and. Watch the space,” Chris Morris added.
RR vs KKR in IPL 2021: ‘I will never open,’ Morris says
With IPL organisers running a poll to see who could be Jos Buttler’s preferred opening partner as per fans, Chris Morris garnered the second most votes after Sanju Samson. But the all-rounder straight-away rejected the proposal, saying it was never going to happen.
“With all honesty, that has never been a conversation and it will never be a conversation. I said against the game against Delhi, those guys get paid to open the batting and bat in the top order and slog in. I know which one I am. So, we’ve got guys that can do the job up the order. There’s this little bit of rustiness the boys are getting off. I think once they click, they will be quite dangerous. So, no, it’s not happening,” Chris Morris said.
Against Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals bowlers bowled quite a few slower balls, off-cutters to rattle the batsmen. Morris was also one of them. When asked if that was deliberate, the South African said yes, that was the plan considering the wicket wasn’t as good for batting as it was in the last match against RCB.
“I’m not sure when we came to Wankhede that we weren’t playing on the wicket where we lost by 10 wickets. There is obviously a reason to bat second because it does tend to speed up at night, which I think it did. But in terms of slower balls, I think early on in the first six, you bowl slower balls to see if it’s going to grip. And if it does grip, obviously that’s when you start going more and more to them. I think, our execution was a lot better today in terms of hitting a length, hitting our execution of yorkers and bowling our slower balls a lot better in that. And, it’s very easy to go down, the dark route of you’re not good enough when you get beaten by 10 wickets. But sometimes, you gotta take your hats off and say well played to the guys who got 180 not out,” Morris said.
“So, you know, the sun came up the next day. We went back to the drawing board and, as a team, like I said had a good discussion about what our motivation is. The boys pulled it up. That was some of the most fun I’ve had in a cricket field, especially the first seven overs when we were having an absolute, absolute blast out there. Boys were laughing at the supporters singing silly songs. So, it was very entertaining and like I said, the guys had a good time,” he added.
With Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes — two quality pace options out of IPL 2021 — Rajasthan Royals have been relying heavily on Morris to become the lead pacer. But Morris said everyone has been leading the team in their own way.
“All of us are leaders in the team to be very honest. Jaydev played quite a few IPLs now, Chetan’s first one but he was a net bowler first at RCB. So, I’ve spent a little bit of time with him too. I know the guys have played a lot of cricket. So, I think we’re all leaders in our own way in terms of the bowling attack. I bring a little bit of experience. Everyone else brings that thought, but as a bowling unit, you’ve got to be a leader in your own sense. A lot of cool heads, a lot of experience around the bowlers, so we don’t know what we don’t know and we need a little bit of advice. You’ve got Jos, Rahul Tewatia. Anyone on the field and give you a little bit of advice just to calm you down,” Chris Morris signed off.