South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris said that a player needs to justify his selection and not the paychecks while playing in T20 leagues.
Morris was roped in by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping sum of 16.25 crore INR in the IPL 2021 auction.
It doesn’t matter how much you go for in the auction: Chris Morris
This was a record-breaking bid for an overseas player just after Pat Cummins was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 15.5 crore.
The 34-year-old South Africa all-rounder said that pay-checks are something that is out of players’ control and they need to justify it through their performance.
“Fortunately enough I’ve been given big contracts in the past and the word ‘justify’ always comes up, and my argument is it doesn’t matter how much you go for, less or more you have to perform and perform to the best of abilities. It doesn’t matter how much money you are being paid, I believe you have to justify selection but not justify paychecks,” Morris told Sportskeeda.
“As a player, paychecks are out of your control, you’ve got no control over what happens in the auction. In terms of fear of the price tag, I didn’t demand it, it was out of my hands. I was very grateful to be wanted by teams, it’s quite a humbling experience to know so many people enjoy my cricket,” he added.
The COVID break made a big difference: Chris Morris
Rajasthan Royals finished seventh on the points table with 10 points and won just two games in the second leg that dithered their chances of qualifying to the playoffs.
Morris, who himself failed to perform up to his potential in the second leg of the tournament, said that the break of four months was the major difference for the team.
“It was a difficult one. We started to gain momentum in the first half, guys were taking wickets and scoring runs. Honestly, the COVID break made a big difference. There’s only so much cricket you can practice in the nets, you need to be playing the game to be good enough in a tournament,” Morris said.
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Morris also hasn’t played for South Africa since the 2019 World Cup an he believes his playing days for his country are over.