IPL 2020: Chris Morris Unlikely To Feature Against Mumbai Indians- Mike Hesson
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IPL 2020: Chris Morris Unlikely To Feature Against Mumbai Indians- Mike Hesson

Chris Morris
Chris Morris

Chris Morris, the South African all-rounder who was one of the top buys at the IPL 2020 Player Auction when he was sold to the RCB for a whopping INR 10 crore may miss his third consecutive match.

Mike Hesson, Director of Cricket of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), said that South African all-rounder Chris Morris is unlikely to play again in the match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Chris Morris
Chris Morris

Chris Morris Progressing Well But Is Unlikely To Play Against Mumbai Indians : Mike Hesson

Chris Morris has not been included as a part of RCB playing XI in both their opening matches due to a side strain and is currently recovering from the injury.

“The mood’s good, we have spent time reflecting on our performance against KXIP, we obviously do not accept that as our standard, we have been training with a purpose. Morris is progressing really well but he is unlikely to play the match against Mumbai. He is one guy who we would love to have back as he gives the side a right balance,” said Hesson in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of RCB.

Simon Katich and Mike Hesson, RCB IPL, UAE
Simon Katich and Mike Hesson

RCB’s head coach Simon Katich also said that the absence of Chris Morris is creating difficulties in balancing the side since they lack quality allrounders. Although Moeen Ali and Shivam Dube are present, they are short of experience with the former having played 16 matches and the latter only 6 matches.

“We will look at things, when we first looked to pick our team at the start of the tournament, Chris Morris was a part of it, he balances our side and it has become a little more difficult to balance the things at the moment,” said Katich.

Chris Morris has so far scored 517 runs in 61 matches and has taken 69 wickets. Chris Morris played for Delhi Capitals/ Daredevils from 2016 to 2019 and represented CSK in 2013 and Rajasthan Royals in 2015.

RCB In A Spot Of Bother With Virat Kohli Yet To Fire

RCB led by Virat Kohli has played two matches in the IPL 2020 so far. It has won the first match by 10 runs against SunRisers Hyderabad and lost the other by 97 runs. In their last match against Kings XI Punjab, RCB suffered a 97-run loss as KL Rahul played a sensational innings of 132.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Virat Kohli was not his usual self even on the field as he ended up dropping two catches off centurion KL Rahul. While batting too, the RCB skipper was able to score just one run and 14 runs in the respective matches. The Indian Cricket Team’s Captain, the Run Machine, Virat Kohli’s ability and hunger to score hundreds has taken the cricket world by storm. He is ranked No. 1 in ODIs, No.2 in Test cricket, and No.3 in T20Is which bears testimony of how the stylist top-order batsman has evolved over the years.

In 2008, Virat Kohli was inducted in the RCB squad and started leading the side from the year 2013. In the year 2016, he sat atop on the leading run-scorers list with 973 runs including 4 tons, thereby donning the Orange Cap at the end of the ninth edition of the league. The highest-paid cricketer in IPL, Virat Kohli was retained by his franchise ahead of the IPL 2018 Player Auction and will continue to lead his side. RCB and Mumbai Indians will lock horns later on the 28th instant at the Dubai International Stadium.