IPL 2013: Chris Morris thrilled by Chennai Super Kings debut

Chris Morris finished with figures of two for 27 on his debut for the Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League 2013 © IANS

Mohali: Apr 11, 2013

25-year-old South African allrounder Chris Morris, who was snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings in the recently held player auctions, expressed his delight at making his debut in the Indian Premier League 2013 in the match against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.

“Unbelievably happy with my first [match]. If anyone would have told me before the game what my figures would have been I would have taken it. I am happy with the performance and the guys played really well,” Morris, who picked up two wickets against Kings XI Punjab on debut on Wednesday, told iplt20.com

Morris also spoke about the packed stadium in Mohali and said, ” Unbelievable! The crowds are absolutely insane and [I am] loving it. I have never waved so much at a crowd in my life”

Looking back at his performance, Morris spoke about the plan he had set for the dangerous Azhar Mahmood who was his first scalp in the tournament.

“It was unbelievable to get the first. I knew he was going to have a go. I thought I would take the pace off (the ball) and fortunately it worked for me and because he is quite a dangerous player. I am very happy that my plans worked,” he said.

About the build up to his debut, he spoke of his nervousness and excitement.

“I found out on Tuesday [that I was going to play]. I had a bit of a run on with the team and Stephan Fleming came to me and said we need you in this role. Then I had a rough night’s sleep and got it together this morning. But yes very exciting. I left my bag at the hotel so quite nervy but very, very happy with the result,” he said.

 Morris also praised the environment in the CSK dressing room and said, “Coming into the team I know the fitness trainer very well and I also know couple of other players as well. It’s quite a family environment and they are close knit. The last day and half has been unbelievable. They are very nice guys, very welcoming and have an unbelievable team spirit.”

“God, I am rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest players that have played the game. I am still a youngster and enjoying every second of it,” he gushed.

Morris also had a few words of praise for his captain MS Dhoni.

“He [MS Dhoni] is very, very different. He is very calm and laid back. Unbelievable, there are some good ideas and lot of responsibility on the bowlers,” he said.

The youngster, who is in India for the first time vowed to get used to the conditions and get better with time.

“There is not as much bounce as South Africa and that I have to get used to, but I will work in practice and every single game and I will get better.”