Rajasthan Royals star and Indian Premier League’s costliest auction buy, Chris Morris on Saturday acknowledged that cricketers are privileged to be doing what they love amid the Covid-19 crisis and it’s a big responsibility for them to entertain fans with their performances on the field.
Rajasthan Royals looked disoriented during their 10-wicket defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday but they were chirpy and animated on the field against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. The effort they put in was evident with the way they were able to manage some of the biggest hitters of the cricket ball from the KKR camp quiet. With quite a few bowlers chipping in, RR managed to restrict KKR to a below-par total of 133 for 9 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where totals in excess of 180 were easily posted in this season before Saturday.
Chris Morris, who shone with his second-best figures in IPL — 4/23 in 4 overs, paid a heartfelt tribute to fans and the public, saying the grim situation outside the bio-bubbles of the tournament in India motivated the Royals to give their best and entertain the ones watching the action on TV sets.
Notably, IPl 2021 has been going ahead in strict bio-bubble environments across India which has been hit hard by the second wave of Covid-19. India on Saturday registered over 3.46 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases — the highest single-day spike — pushing the Covid-19 caseload in the country to 1.66 crore, with five states contributing the most to it.
‘We are privileged to entertain people’
“When a guy gets a hundred and the other a 80, you just have to take your hat off and say well played (about Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli in IPL match vs RCB). This happens in T20, it is a rude game and last game was rude,” Morris said.
“But today (on Saturday( we looked to enjoy ourselves, we were a lot louder today and had a lot more smiles in the field. Our main motivation is what’s happening around the world and we are privileged to entertain people. It is quite a big responsibility for us to put up the entertainment for people watching at home,” he added.
Morris gets Russell again
He got smashed for a six on the 2nd ball but gets the wicket on 4th ball. Russell 9(7) is OUT. Oh wait, @Tipo_Morris also removes DK on the 6th ball of his 3rd over. https://t.co/oKLdD2Pi9R #VIVOIPL #RRvKKR pic.twitter.com/Mu1SStQBUA
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 24, 2021
Notably, Morris broke the famed lower middle-order of KKR that fired in their valiant loss to Chennai Super Kings. He picked up the wickets of Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik in the same over before knocking off Pat Cummins in the final over of the KKR innings.
“We have done quite a lot of homework, Russell got a 20-ball fifty in the last game, so he’s hitting the ball sweet and you have to be lucky and today I got lucky. Sometimes you have to hope that the guy mishits the ball,” Morris spoke of his delivery that saw the back of Russell, who came into bat only in the 16h over.