Royal Challengers Bangalore will need to wait before they can avail the services of their talisman all-rounder Chris Morris. The South African is unlikely to be available for the second fixture of the team against Kings XI Punjab due to the side strain he suffered in the training session.
Morris will add value to RCB with all-rounder skills as he can bowl accurately in the death overs. The right-arm pacer has an accurate yorker under his arsenal and he can also provide the finishing touches with the bat for RCB.
Morris was roped in for a whopping amount of INR 10 crores in the IPL 2020 auctions but it was surprising to note his absence in the team’s opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, the team director of Cricket Operations Mike Hesson revealed Morris is injured and thus he could not be part of the final XI.
“Chris Morris unfortunately picked up a slight side strain a few days ago, he would have played a huge role through the middle and death overs, his batting would have had a huge impact as well,” Hesson said in a video posted by RCB’s Twitter handle.
“This does change the balance of our side, he is a three in one cricketer, he is not easy to replace and as a result, we had to change the structure of our side. Hopefully, Chris will come into consideration for selection in a game or two, we will continue to monitor him,” he added.
Morris had scored 195 runs in seven innings in IPL 2016 at a blistering strike rate of 178.89 and had scored 154 runs in nine innings in IPL 2017 while playing for Delhi Capitals (earlier Delhi Daredevils).
Moreover, Morris had also done a fine job with the ball as he had scalped 13 wickets in 12 matches of IPL 2016 whereas he had snared 12 wickets in nine matches in IPL 2017. Thus, Morris has delivered the goods with both bat and ball in the IPL.
Overall, Morris has scored 517 runs in 61 IPL matches at an average of 27.21 and a whirlwind strike rate of 157.62.
Meanwhile, RCB had a good start to their IPL 2020 campaign after finishing the previous season as wooden spooners. The Virat Kohli-led registered a 10-run win over SRH in their opening match. RCB will play their next match against Kings XI Punjab today at Dubai International Stadium.