Following the loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday in Dubai, a reporter asked Chris Morris about his views on Gavaskar’s recent statement. The legendary Indian opener reckons the RR players are “more keen” on gaining followers on social media than they have been for performing well on the field.
“Rajasthan (Royals) are the odd show pony, more keen to get followers on the media handles than on delivering on the field,” Gavaskar wrote in his column.
RR have won 4 games out of the 10 they have played this season and are sitting at the sixth position in the points table. They are still in the playoff race as the tournament approaches the end of the league stage.
That’s his opinion: Chris Morris
Chris Morris, RR’s most expensive signing at the auction this year, refrained from involving himself in any verbal battle or any sort of controversy by not answering back to the revered commentator. He bluntly put, “That’s his opinion. End Of.”
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We needed to lift our standards: Sanju Samson
The Royals’ captain, Sanju Samson, expressed disappointment’s at his side’s effort following a 7-wicket loss to SRH. RR put 164 on the board, on the back of Samson’s 57-ball 82, an innings laced with 7 fours and 3 spectacular sixes.
It was par total which the RR bowlers were unable to defend as Jason Roy, playing his first game of the season for SRH, hammered 60 runs off 42 balls and skipper Kane Williamson returned with an unbeaten fifty. Samson felt RR could have scored “10-20 runs more” than what they managed.
“I think it was a decent score. The wicket was a bit sticky, they were bowling well. We could have got 10-20 runs more. On a sticky wicket once you get a start you need to keep on going. I wanted to keep going after the powerplay but we kept losing wickets, so I wanted to stick on and have a partnership. We wanted to put on a respectable total to fight back. But we got what we had targetted after the timeout. We need to work on bowling and batting. We need to be at our best every ball and execute well. We needed to lift our standards,” the RR skipper said.
Rajasthan will meet the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.