South African allrounder Chris Morris is ready for the upcoming Indian Premier League.
Notably, he became the costliest ever buy in the history of the cash-rich league when Rajasthan Royals bought him for a whopping Rs 16.25 crore for the 2021 season in the mini-auction in Chennai last month. Prior to Morris, Yuvraj Singh was the costliest ever buy in the history of the league when he went to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 16 crore in IPL 2015 as well.
However,Chris Morris is confident that the price tag won’t affect his performances as well.
“It is natural to have a little bit of added pressure when something like that has happened. I would be lying if I said there wasn’t any pressure. Fortunately, in the past I have come (to the IPL) with some big purse, so at the end of the day, you got to perform on the field, no matter what your price tag is,” Morris was quoted as saying by Sportstar. “You need to perform well and contribute to your team’s win. You focus on playing your game and having fun with your team-mates.”
Chris Morris was about to play alongside their pace spearhead Jofra Archer at Rajasthan Royals, but Archer wouldn’t play as he has sustained an injury. However, Morris hoped Archer will be able to return at some point during the league but also said that he is confident he’ll cope up with the challenge of leading the pace attack as well.
“I hope Jof gets better” – Chris Morris on Jofra Archer
“I hope Jof gets better. It is very unfortunate. It is a big loss to miss Jof for the first half, hopefully he comes back towards the end. It’s a massive miss. He is an absolute rockstar when it comes to cricket. Every single team that I have played in the IPL, my role has been with the new ball and at the death. That doesn’t really change. I have always had fast bowlers in the team and I’ve been there supporting act,” he said.
“It won’t be a new role if I am leading an attack, won’t be new if I am supporting. There is a little bit of responsibility when it comes to leading the attack. But like I said, since it wouldn’t be able to be alien to me,” he added.
“It has been challenging, but I have been doing everything possible to stay cricket fit,” he said. “It has been a little bit of a roller-coaster, of course, I have been disappointed with injury – I will try my best to come back. IPL has been an incredible experience, the opportunity to play in front of a crowd, and to have done that as long as I have is incredible… I am not done. It is a life changing experience to be part of the IPL. I have nothing but gratitude, hopefully, there’s a new story waiting to be written over the next nine weeks,” Chris Morris concluded.