While many cricketers are struggling to adapt to the sport’s new norm of bio-secure environment, Chris Morris finds it extremely convenient. The South African cricketer, who is in terrific form, feels switching venues frequently during the course of the tournament is the “toughest part of IPL.”
With the ongoing season now being played at just three venues, the Royal Challengers all-rounder terms the experience “magnificent” and less exhausting.
“Traveling in India is not as easy as it looks. It is absolutely draining. You finish a game almost midnight and get back to your hotel room around 2 am, pack your bags.”
“You are already exhausted from the game and by the time you finish packing, it’s almost 3 to 4 and we are leaving the hotel in a couple of hours. You got to wake up, shower, look respectable and get on the bus and drive for another hour and a half to reach the airport and get in the plane and fly somewhere.”
“You might have to play two days later, so it’s absolutely draining,” Morris said during a virtual press conference on Friday.
Acknowledging the advantage of less traveling, Morris said that this new experience gives more of a “homely” feeling and players enter the following contest more “refreshed and relaxed”.
Morris, who admits of being skeptical about the bio-bubble setup, feels the team management has done an “unbelievable” job.
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“In the beginning, I thought it would be a lot worse, we will get bored and lose our minds. Luckily we have got a good bunch of guys and RCB management have been unbelievable.”
“We got the beach to ourselves and last night we had a barbeque all of us with cricket on the big screen,” the 33-year-old said.
After missing out the initial phase of the tournament, Morris provided the balance that Virat Kohli’s team was seeking desperately. Despite just featuring in five matches, the 33-year-old has made significant contribution to his team in both the departments of the game.
Morris too is pleased with his current role, stating that “cricket without pressure is boring”. He feels that being a professional demands you to be ready for such situation.
“These are the hard situation you want to be in. These are where you want to get tested as a cricketer. You get to ball fast, you get to bowl yorkers and then you get to smack sixes, what more you want,” he said.
Speaking about the tracks in UAE, which has been efficiently utilised by the bowlers in a format dominated by the batsmen, Morris said the wickets are good for fast bowling.
“Wickets have helped us a little bit and has been good for fast bowling and there’s swing and it doesn’t often swing in India, so it’s quite nice to see a cricket ball swinging even if it’s for one over.”
However, he considers the spinners will come handy as the tournament enters its business end.
“I think wickets are getting better for spinners and if there is dew it will help batters but I think when the conditions are a little bit dryer it will help a lot for spinners.”
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