Kumar Sangakkara, Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket said that all-rounder Chris Morris knows that he has not done a good enough job for the side in the last few games after RR suffered a seven-wicket loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the UAE leg of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021
Chasing 150, Glenn Maxwell and Srikar Bharat scored 50 and 44 respectively as RCB defeated Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets with 17 balls to spare. With this win, RCB consolidated its position at the third spot with 14 points from 11 games.
Kumar Sangakkara: Chris Morris Hasn’t Done Well For RR In The UAE Leg
Chris Morris has not taken a wicket in the UAE leg of the IPL in three games for RR. The big-hitting all-rounder went for 50 runs off his four overs against RCB and also didn’t have any wickets.
It was a tale of two halves for Rajasthan Royals (RR) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in match 43 of the IPL 2021. But the worst part was that the second half of RR batting innings enabled them to lose the game by seven wickets. It all started to go haywire for RR when they lost their opener, Evin Lewis, at 100 for two. From there, they completely lost the plot and squandered the opportunity by losing the next seven wickets for just 51 runs.
“Chris Morris did brilliantly for us in the first half and he has not done the job as we would have liked him too in the second half. He knows that and we know that. 50 runs from four overs, his last over were the last throw of the dice to try and get a wicket. We were well out of the game at that point. He has done well for us in certain parts and whoever we think of playing next will be the best person to come into the side to play against the opposition,” said Kumar Sangakkara during a virtual post-match press conference.
When asked about his conversations with skipper Sanju Samson, Kumar Sangakkara said: “We do have one on one chat about a lot of things. India’s aspirations come at a time when the IPL is over. Our chats are primarily IPL focused, not just his batting, it is about the captaincy, the team, and what we want to do. He is a very good player, he has done exceptionally well for us this season.”
“I am sure that Sanju’s aspirations for playing for India will come true and he will get a longer run in the future. He is good and ready anytime he is picked,” Kumar Sangakkara added.
Chris Morris, the most expensive player in IPL’s history has so far scored 67 vital runs and taken 14 scalps averaging 16.75 and 24.85 respectively with the bat and ball in 10 games which isn’t satisfactory from the most expensive IPL player. Chris Morris was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping sum of INR 16.25 Cr and became the most expensive player bought in the IPL Auction history.
Kumar Sangakkara: RR Was Struggling In Powerplays In India But They Struggled To Score Runs In Their Middle Order In UAE
Earlier, Harshal Patel’s three-wicket haul helped RCB restrict Rajasthan Royals to 149/9 in the allotted twenty overs. For Sanju Samson’s side, Evin Lewis top-scored with a knock of 58 runs from 37 balls.
“Well, the pitches have been very good. Especially in the first half of the tournament in India, we were struggling in powerplays and our middle and late middle-order was getting us into games. In the second half, we have gone the other way. That has been the case for us. In the last two games, from a good position, we were unable to convert, unfortunately, we have not got to the mark where we take the opposition out of the game,” said Kumar Sangakkara.
Sanju Samson is the 2nd highest scorer so far in IPL 2021 after Shikhar Dhawan as he amassed 452 runs in 11 games averaging about 50. But his teammates failed to support him as is evident that RR’s second-highest run-scorer is Yashasvi Jaiswal who has scored 187 runs in 7 appearances and is placed 27th. The seventh-placed Rajasthan Royals will next lock horns against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday in the ongoing IPL.