The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League was full of excitement and action. While the world turned around as there was uncertainty due to the pandemic, there was a sigh of relief for the cricket fans as competitive cricket made its return in July. The previous edition of the IPL was held from September to November and it was one of the most competitive seasons ever.
For the very first time, the Chennai Super Kings failed to make it to the playoffs. Apart from that, the Capitals managed to sneak into the finals for the first time. Mumbai Indians were impressive throughout the tournament as they defended their title successfully. Also, for the very first time, the fans witnessed a double super over in cricket! Truly, 2020 was a surprising year.
Now, as the franchises have released the list of retained and released players, numerous names have surprised the fans. For India, IPL is a tournament that has been synonymous with festivals. One of the biggest names that have been released is Chris Morris and it looks like some teams would like to include him in their squad.
Here are three teams that can pick Chris Morris in the IPL 2021 auction:
3. Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals had an outstanding start during the 13th edition of the IPL. Their batsmen smashed the bowlers all over the ground and their fast bowling attack decimated the opposition. However, due to inconsistency, they found themselves at the bottom half of the table. The main reason for this is their lack of depth in batting, as there was no one to slog the ball after Jofra Archer.
Another reason that affected the team’s performance is the unavailability of genuine all-rounders. Talking about Ben Stokes, the English all-rounder was not present during the start of the season. Therefore, after two consecutive victories, there was a series of poor performances as the batting lacked depth. But, for them, Chris Morris can be the best replacement.
The lanky South-African allrounder can bowl during any stage of the innings. On his day, he can decimate any bowling attack as Morris is well known for his clean striking ability. Apart from that, he is an excellent fielder, which can help the Royals to find the perfect replacement for Smith. Therefore, Morris can be a great addition to the Rajasthan Royals!
2. Kings XI Punjab
The Kings from Punjab had a terrible start to the 13th edition of the IPL. Most of the time, their top order failed to perform as they lacked quality overseas players. The series of inclusion and exclusion of Jimmy Neesham meant that the southpaw was never settled. For KL Rahul’s team, Chris Morris can be the X-factor for Punjab.
While Chris Gayle has been in the spotlight because of his ball-striking ability, the Kings can opt for Morris as the perfect replacement for Jimmy Neesham in their squad. A strike rate of 157.88 is excellent for a lower-order batsman. Whenever the top-order collapses, Morris can step in and play a blinder to revive his team. Therefore, he might be the best option for Punjab.
Talking about his bowling, he has picked 80 wickets in 70 IPL matches. With an impressive economy rate of 7.81, he can create pressure from one end. As Punjab has quality spinners, they can look to clinch some wickets from the other end. Hence, Chris Morris can be a valuable addition to the Kings XI Punjab’s squad.
1. Chennai Super Kings
The Chennai Super Kings had a horrible IPL season. It was a matter of time that they released their ever-ageing players from their squad to bring in a few changes. As MS Dhoni is looking forward to another IPL season, he might include a returning Chris Morris in the playing eleven if the management opts to buy him at the auction. For Morris, it might be an instance of a perfect homecoming.
Chris Morris is a valuable all-rounder who can show some intent when other batsmen are falling apart. The word “intent” haunted the CSK management as Kedar Jadhav’s performances proved to be costly. An additional victory during the group stages might have helped the Chennai based franchise to sneak into the playoffs! In this present situation, Morris might be the perfect replacement for Shane Watson.
Watson retired from every format of the game as it was almost certain that the Aussie all-rounder’s fitness hampered the performance of the team. Now, Dhoni has a proper all-rounder in the form of Sam Curran and he can include Morris in the squad to strengthen the bowling and batting department. For a team like CSK, the presence of proper all-rounders might help them to redeem themselves. Therefore, Morris can be a perfect option for the Chennai Super Kings.
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