Rajasthan Royals (RR) all-rounder Chris Morris said that it's a big responsibility for cricketers to entertain fans with their performances on the field during COVID-19 after shining with the ball against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an IPL 2021 encounter.
After suffering two successive losses against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 14, RR bounced back hard and defeated KKR 6 wickets to secure 6th position on the points table.
Opting to bowl, Sanju Samson-led side on account of brilliant bowling performance by Chris Morris restricted KKR to 133 for 9 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The South African all-rounder claimed 4 wickets including the wickets of Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, and Pat Cummins as the trio could have scored quick runs for their team.
Chasing the target skipper Sanju Samson played a sensible knock of unbeaten 42 runs and saw his team home.
While talking about his match-winning spell at the post-match presentation, Chris Morris while recalling last game against RCB said that T20 cricket is a rude game and last game was an example of that.
"When a guy gets a hundred and the other a 80, you just have to take your hat off and say well played (about Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli in IPL match vs RCB). This happens in T20, it is a rude game and last game was rude," Chris Morris said during the post-match presentation.
Morris said that against KKR they enjoyed themselves and played good cricket. He admitted that cricketers are privileged to be doing what they love amid the Covid-19 crisis and it's a big responsibility for them to entertain fans with their performances on the field.
"But today (on Saturday) we looked to enjoy ourselves, we were a lot louder today and had a lot more smiles in the field. Our main motivation is what's happening around the world and we are privileged to entertain people. It is quite a big responsibility for us to put up the entertainment for people watching at home," he said.
Chris Morris while talking about the delivery which dismissed Andre Russell, said that they did a lot of homework and sometimes players hope hard-hitting Caribbean star mishits the ball.
"We have done quite a lot of homework, Russell got a 20-ball fifty in the last game, so he's hitting the ball sweet and you have to be lucky and today I got lucky. Sometimes you have to hope that the guy mishits the ball," he concluded.
RR with next face defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on 29th April at Delhi.
(India Today inputs)