Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Chris Morris has rubbished claims that the franchise is supporting young Indian players despite not performing well. According to Morris, Indian or foreign, every player has been selected on merit.
The hopes of Rajasthan Royals reaching the playoffs in IPL 2021 have become difficult. Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals suffered a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday. Royals captain Sanju Samson fought alone and scored 82 runs in 57 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes. With the help of this, Royals scored 164 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs.
In the post-match virtual press conference, Chris Morris was asked why Rajasthan Royals are showing more confidence in young Indian players when they are failing to perform.
To this Morris replied, ‘We are doing the right thing by giving opportunities to young Indian players because we have some young players who will play for India in the future. The boys who are getting opportunities are really good players and for some reason they are playing. There is no one in the team who doesn’t deserve to play.
The South African all-rounder further pointed out that everyone as a team needs to contribute with the bat so that the skipper can support Samson.
Morris said, ‘When it comes to scoring runs, everyone needs to do it. Sanju Samson is playing very well. Some of our boys have shown glimpses of scoring runs, but the simple thing is that we all have to contribute more. You can’t have just one player who contributes in every match. All the players have been selected on merit at the end of the day.
Apart from Samson, Yashasvi Jaiswal (36) and Mahipal Lomror (29*) made small contributions. Riyan Parag is not in good form, who has been demanded by many former cricketers to be dropped.
Can’t take any slack to reach playoffs now: Morris
Morris admitted that the Royals’ road to the playoffs has become difficult due to the defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Royals are currently at the sixth position in the points table.
Morris said, ‘Now is the crucial time and we need to get good results. As we say, the big moment in the match has to be won. We need every point to reach the playoffs because it has become difficult.