IPL 2021: Chris Morris Says His Favourite Players Are Sanju Samson And Hardik Pandya
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IPL 2021: Chris Morris Says His Favourite Players Are Sanju Samson And Hardik Pandya

Chris Morris (Pic Source: Twitter)
Chris Morris (Pic Source: Twitter)

Chris Morris, South African allrounder who guided Rajasthan Royals (RR) to a six-wicket victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game last Saturday, says his favourite players in world cricket are Sanju Samson and Hardik Pandya.

Chris Morris is playing for the Rajasthan Royals under the captaincy of Sanju Samson in the 14th season of the ongoing Indian Premier League in India.

Sanju Samson Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS
Sanju Samson Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS

Chris Morris: Sanju Samson Is Favourite No. 1 Player But Also Love ‘Showstopper’ Hardik Pandya Play

During the 14th season auction, the Rajasthan franchise bought Chris Morris for 16.25 crores making him the most expensive player in IPL history. He had given Rajasthan a resounding 6-wicket win in the previous match against Kolkata Knight Riders by taking four wickets. Earlier in the match against Delhi Capitals, he played a match-winning cameo inning of 36 runs off 18 balls.

Speaking to the programme host Sanju Samson — who incidentally is his skipper at RR — Morris said, “Sanju is my favourite No. 1 player, obviously because I’ve watched him for a long time now and watched him develop into the man and the player he is today, but I really enjoy Hardik (Pandya) play. I think, he’s a showstopper — he is prime time.”

File image of Hardik Pandya | Vipin Pawar - IPL - Sportzpics
File image of Hardik Pandya | Vipin Pawar – IPL – Sportzpics

In the video posted on the RR homepage on Monday, Sanju Samson, who scored an unbeaten 42 against KKR, agreed with Chris Morris’s assessment with a thumbs-up sign. Sanju Samson gave all the credit for his hard-hitting skills to the South African cricketer.

“The best piece of advice I ever got was from you (Morris). And it was to smack every ball I faced. That’s what I’ve been doing since 2016 when I met you. And, yes, it feels good,” said Samson, who smashed a brilliant 119 in a losing cause against Punjab Kings in their opening match.
Hardik Pandya who plays for Mumbai Indians hasn’t fired as expected scoring only 36 runs in 5 matches averaging a pathetic 7.2 unlike previous seasons as he had contributed to the team’s winning run in IPL 2019 and IPL 2020 by notching up 402 runs and 282 runs respectively averaging 44.66 and 35.12 in the previous two editions. He also didn’t bowl in IPL 2020 and IPL 2021 so far to not risk aggravating back pain.
Sanju Samson, on the other hand, was appointed the new skipper and led from the front against Punjab Kings scoring the first ton of IPL 2021 but it went in vain as Rajasthan Royals lost by 4 runs. He has managed 187 runs in 4 games averaging a decent 46.75 at a strike rate of above 140.

Sanju Samson Hates Speaking During Team Meetings

Sanju Samson said that while smacking the ball to all corners of the ground was something he loved, the “most difficult thing” he has had to do as captain was to speak during team meetings.

“That’s the most difficult task? speaking at each and every meeting. I hate doing that; each and everyone expects me to give a long speech. Though I might be getting good at it, I feel I actually hate it,” said Sanju Samson.

Chris Morris hit 36 runs of 18 balls as Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Capitals by three wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Mumbai on Thursday. BCCI
Chris Morris hit 36 runs off 18 balls as Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Capitals by three wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Mumbai on Thursday. BCCI

The RR skipper wants his bat to do the talking. Sanju Samson scored 342 runs in IPL 2019 and then followed it up with 375 runs in the IPL 2020.

Chris Morris dismissed Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell and Pat Cummins to help Rajasthan Royals defeat Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium, on Saturday. Chris Morris’ four-wicket burst in the death overs and skipper Sanju Samson’s measured innings gave Rajasthan Royals a much-needed win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, on Saturday.