Indian commentator Aakash Chopra praised Chris Morris’ batting against Delhi Capitals saying that the South Africa all-rounder has paid back the first EMI to his team Rajasthan Royals. Rajasthan Royals bought Chris Morris for Rs. 16.25 crore during IPL 2021 auction, making him the costliest player in the history of IPL auctions. In the match against Delhi Capitals, Morris smashed 4 sixes in the final two overs when Rajasthan Royals needed 27 runs for victory.
Rajasthan Royals suffered a big blow after they lost quick wickets at the start while chasing Delhi Capitals’ 147-8 batting second. At one point, Rajasthan Royals were railing at 42-5 in 9.2 overs. David Miller, who arrived at no.5 batting position, smashed 62 runs off 43 balls to keep the winning hopes alive for Rajasthan Royals.
When he lost his wicket in the 16th over, Chris Morris took charge and smashed 4 sixes in the death overs to clinch victory for Rajasthan Royals by 3 wickets in the end.
Chris Morris Paid His 1st EMI To Rajasthan Royals: Aakash Chopra
Speaking about the match on his Youtube channel, Aakash Chopra said that Chris Morris has paid his first EMI to Rajasthan Royals with his match-winning knock of 36-off-18 balls.
“All Indians feel happy when they get full returns for whatever they have paid. I think Rajasthan is getting a similar feeling. They had bought Chris Morris for 16.25 crores and he has paid back his first EMI after winning this encounter,” the former Indian cricketer said.
Chopra also said that Morris’ bowling was ordinary in the match but credit must be given for his spectacular batting show.
“He bowled only three overs but how well he batted. He used to bat like this earlier but of late his bat was a little silent. We had started seeing him as a bowler who can bat a bit. But in the end, he just smashed it. Bowling was definitely a little ordinary but credit must be given where it is due,” Aakash Chopra further added.
In the first innings, Chris Morris only bowled 3 overs and took 1 wicket for 27 runs. However, he showed a great performance with the bat. With bowler Jaydev Unadkat on the crease, Morris took the charge of batting and made a 45-run stand.
When Rajasthan Royals needed 12 runs off the final over with just 3 wickets in hand, Morris smashed 2 sixes off Tom Curran’s over to bag victory for Rajasthan Royals. Jaydev Unadkat was awarded player of the match for his 3-wicket haul.