South African all-rounder Chris Morris had become a million-dollar man in the IPL 2021 auction as he became the costliest player in the IPL auction history. Chris Morris fetched a record INR 16.25 crores from the Rajasthan Royals, who won the battle following a dogfight. Meanwhile, the seam-bowling all-rounder has revealed his stance on Dale Steyn’s peculiar comparison between IPL and PSL a month ago.
Chris Morris’ fellow countryman Dale Steyn sparked controversy by commenting in an interview with Cricket Pakistan that Pakistan Super League is more rewarding than the Indian Premier League. Steyn implied that the over-emphasis on money deceives the attention from the actual objective of the IPL. The veteran speedster copped a lot of flak for his comments; however, Steyn apologized later and clarified he did not mean to degrade any T20 competition.
According to Chris Morris, he does not feel the same way. Nevertheless, the 33-year old opines that being one of the legends of the game, Dale Steyn could have his views and is allowed to express them. Morris refused to speak in-depth about the issue as he believed that it was Steyn’s opinions based on how he felt that very moment. He concluded on the same by saying that people are different and can have varied opinions.
“No, I don’t feel the same (on Steyn’s opinion on IPL). Dale’s a free spirit, Dale’s one of the legends of the game, Dale’s one of my favourite people in the world. Dale’s got his opinions, he will be outspoken about his opinions. I’m not going to delve into it too much and it was just the case of Dale feeling at that time what Dale was feeling – what he was feeling emotionally or physically or mentally. Whatever he feels that’s what he feels, and I’m happy to have a conversation with him about it. But, we’re all different animals, we’re all different people and we have different opinions and that’s what makes the world go around,” Chris Morris said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
Personally, I’m not worried about the World Cup: Chris Morris
Chris Morris further conceded that IPL 2021 would be crucial, regardless of a World Cup tournament around the corner. The Pretoria-born cricketer continued stating that while most people might be thinking about World Cup, he wants to go out there and win matches and the IPL trophy.
“Whether there’s a World Cup or not, it’s going to be a very important [IPL] season all the way. Other guys will hopefully be focusing on the World Cup and that takes their focus away from the IPL and we can jump onto that. Personally, I’m not worried about the World Cup, I’m here to do the job to win matches and hopefully push for winning the trophy in the IPL,” he added.