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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.