Chris Morris has emerged out as one of the most reliable all-rounders in world cricket off late. The tall South African had an outstanding IPL, where he represented the Delhi Daredevils and had a great outing with the ball. However, it was his explosive power hitting down the order, which soon became the X-factor for the Delhi Daredevils.
For the ongoing tri-series in the Caribbean, Morris will hold the aces for South Africa, as lower down the order, his big hits can have a great impact on the result. Morris recently caught up with cricket.com.au and said that he loved playing under pressure. Below, are the excerpts from the interview.
You’ve come straight from the IPL with Delhi, to this tri-series with South Africa. How difficult is switching formats?
It is about different perspectives, how you go around batting and bowling in different conditions, or handling other batsmen or bowlers. Playing in different countries is always challenging. The one thing about the IPL that stands out in this sense is that a lot of knowledge goes around, and not just from seniors to juniors. Different players and coaching staff have different opinions and ideas about how they approach things. And nobody is scared to ask. So you end up learning quite a bit about different conditions, and how to cater to them without changing much about your own game. It is great to have different perspectives and then to try and assimilate them into your game.
You put in a match-winning performance for the Proteas against England in February. Do you enjoy pressure?
Yes, I like to embrace it. You feel pressure in every part of cricket and I put pressure on myself because I want to perform for my team. To win a game of any sport, pressure will always be there and you have to learn to cope with it. At one point, it will be unbelievably intense, a big moment, and you have to get the win. So I put myself under pressure because I have got high standards. I have been able to win a few games for my team. So, I know I have been able to perform after putting myself under pressure. Once you realise that, you deal with it in different ways. I enjoy it and as a kid, I always dreamt of playing in pressure situations and coming, though.
Do you think you have done enough to shed the ‘limited-overs specialist’ tag?
The only way you can do that is if you perform in other formats. It is as simple as that. And fortunately back home, I have had quite a nice run in four-day and one-day cricket. But we all know the dream is to play Test cricket. So I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform in four-day cricket. It is quite a simple thing, and if you can bat in the longer format, you can back yourself to bat in other formats quite easily.