Chris Morris, South Africa, and Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder has likened rookie opener, Devdutt Padiakkal’s batting approach with the former Australian legendary opener Matthew Hayden.
Devdutt Padikkal’s success at the top of the order has been one of the biggest positives for the Royal Challengers Bangalore this season. With Aaron Finch struggling at the other end, Padikkal’s success has ensured that his side has more often than not, has got off to a good start to their innings.
Padikkal has thus far racked up 321 runs in 10 games at an average of 32.1 and a strike-rate of 124.42 with the help of three half-centuries. During the campaign, Devdutt Padikkal also became the first batsman to score three half-centuries in his first four innings of the IPL, something no other batsmen has achieved in the competition’s history.
”Devdutt Padikkal, batting with Aaron Finch, he has been incredible. He has got a similar imposing way of batting like Matthew Hayden. Obviously, he has not got the size of Hayden. Hayden has a huge chest. But definitely, he has got a similar technique and hits the cricket ball. The way he moves on the field, the way he conducts himself all the time. You look at him, he has definitely got something.” Chris Morris said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
‘Good to be playing again’- Chris Morris
Chris Morris has been right on the money ever since he made his IPL 2020 debut after having missed the first four games due to injury. Post his return, Chris Morris has made an instant impact by claiming nine wickets in just five games at an economy of 5. So, what has worked for the burly Proteas all-rounder?
The break (due to COVID-19) was really nice both for the body and mental freshness. Good to be playing again and it is just lot of clarity and how the execution needs to be,” Chris Morris said.
Morris also went on to hail the Indian pacers including Navdeep Saini, who he still can’t fathom why he didn’t get a chance to play when he was with the Delhi Capitals.
“What has impressed me about the Indian pacers is the amount of work they put in. They bowl and bowl and bowl.” he added.