Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) allrounder Chris Morris has heaped praise on young batting star — Devdutt Padikkal and has compared him with the great former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden.
RCB had bought Aaron Finch ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season to take the pressure from Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers for scoring runs. While he has been a complete failure, the young Indian batsman Devdutt Padikkal had set the stage on fire for RCB. He has even outperformed the international cricketer and has hit 321 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 132.10.
Seeing Padikkal’s batting prowess, Chris Morris, who is the vital cog for RCB, stated that the youngster has similar techniques and composure like Hayden, who was also the aggressive opening left-hand batsman.
“Devdutt Padikkal, batting with Aaron Finch, he has been incredible. He has got a similar imposing way of batting like Matthew Hayden. Obviously, he has not got the size of Hayden.
“Hayden has a huge chest. But definitely, he has got a similar technique and hits the cricket ball. The way he moves on the field, the way he conducts himself all the time. You look at him, he has definitely got something,” Chris Morris said.
Chris Morris reveals the reason behind his success in IPL 2020:
Apart from Padikkal, Morris, himself, has been the game-changer for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He had missed the first four matches because of injury. But after he joined the playing XI, the franchise bowling attack has become a lot stronger.
Chris Morris revealed that the COVID-19 break has helped him to evolve physically as well as mentally. He also added that the reason behind his success that he has got a lot more clarity about his role in the ongoing 13th edition of the league.
”The break (due to COVID-19) was really nice both for the body and mental freshness. Good to be playing again and it is just lot of clarity and how the execution needs to be,” said the 33-year-old in an online media interaction on Friday.
Chris Morris has picked up nine wickets in five matches at the staggering economy rate of 5.00. Along with Navdeep Saini, he has plugged the hole that RCB had in the death bowling department.