Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian opener and one of the most successful captains of the IPL has lauded South African all-rounder Chris Morris and picked him as the player who can add balance to the Royal Challengers Bangalore RCB squad in IPL 2020, which starts from September 19.
Gautam Gambhir feels Chris Morris is the player who can add depth to the RCB unit in both batting and bowling. The South African all-rounder Morris was one of the premium buys at the IPL 2020 Player Auction when he was sold to the RCB for a whopping INR 10 crore.
Chris Morris Provides Balance As A Quality All-Rounder: Gautam Gambhir
In 2019, he was one of the players retained by the Delhi ahead of the 2019 auction. After beginning his IPL journey with Chennai Super Kings, and being part of the Rajasthan Royals, Chris Morris found stable ground in the form of Delhi Capitals.
Well, thanks to Morris’ ability to bowl yorkers in the death overs, and being able to clear the boundary as a finisher. He will now play an important role in the Royal Challengers as one of their experienced overseas players.
“Chris Morris provides balance to the RCB squad, a quality all-rounder although he has not played much cricket. He can be a finisher as a batsman and can also give you 4 overs and bowl at the death,” Gautam Gambhir said in a Star Sports’ show.
Chris Morris had a standout couple of seasons with Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) in 2017 and 2018 but was let go by the franchise after last season. Chris Morris has picked up 69 wickets from 61 matches averaging 24.76 besides scoring 517 runs averaging 27.21 in IPL since 2013.
Gautam Gambhir: Not Confident About 4 Overseas Player
Gautam Gambhir, the two-time IPL-winning former Kolkata Knight Riders captain in 2012 and 2014 didn’t sound too confident about the four overseas players that RCB might pick.
“They have Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal as well but it will have to be seen which 4 overseas players RCB picks in their XI. I still feel that RCB look a little batting-heavy. But one thing that you will see a little different is that the bowlers will be happy because they will not have to play 7 matches at the Chinnaswamy Stadium,” Gambhir said.
“You will be playing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi which probably have bigger grounds, wickets are not as flat as Chinnaswamy. It is always difficult to judge the bowlers from Chinnaswamy’s point of view.”
“India’s smallest ground and the flattest wicket is in Chinnaswamy, so bowlers will be happier and you might see a better performance from bowlers like Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini.”
Apart from skipper Virat Kohli who leads from the front and is the leading IPL run-scorer with 5412 runs from 177 matches, RCB have a strong batting line-up including AB De Villiers, Devdutt Paddikal, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris and Moeen Ali besides wicket-keepers Parthiv Patel and Josh Philippe.
Their bowling line-up consists of spinners Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar and Adam Zampa besides pacers Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj and will be spearheaded by Dale Steyn and Isuru Udana.