Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir backed South African all-rounder Chris Morris ahead of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The two-time IPL champion feels that the 33-year old is an apt player to add balance to the Royal Challengers Bangalore side.
“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 four overs and bowl at the death,” Gambhir said in a Star Sports’ (IPL’s official broadcaster) show.
Morris played for teams like Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals (earlier Delhi Daredevils) before making a move to the RCB camp. His standout performance with the Delhi-based franchise where he proved to be a match-winner on various occasions. After a few prosperous years, DC let off Morris before the start of this year’s IPL and Bangalore grabbed him at the auctions for a whopping INR 10 crore.
Concern over four overseas players
Gautam Gambhir didn’t seem confident when it came to picking the four overseas players for the Challengers in IPL 2020.
“They have Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal as well, but it will have to be seen which four overseas players RCB picks in their XI,” Gambhir said.
“I still feel that RCB look a little batting-heavy. But one thing that you will see a bit different is that the bowlers will be happy because they will not play seven matches at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. You will be playing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that 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.”