South Africa and Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Chris Morris is “relieved” to be back home safely after witnessing the “chaos” unfold after COVID-19 cases in the IPL bio-bubble appeared.
Morris, along with his 10 other South African players, returned home after the suspension of the IPL following six cases of COVID-19 – four players and two coaches from three different teams.
“Look, I’m obviously relieved,” said Morris, who is currently undergoing a mandatory 10-day quarantine at home. iol.co.za.
Morris said they learned of the existence of the COVID cases in Kolkata Knight Riders – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – on Sunday evening.
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“The moment we heard this, when the players test positive, inside the bubble everyone starts to wonder. The alarm bells have definitely started ringing for all of us,” he said. he declared.
“On Monday, when they postponed this game (between Kolkata and Royal Challengers Bangalore), we knew the tournament was under pressure to continue.”
The T20 league has been suspended after Sunrisers Hyderabad goalkeeper-batter Wridhimman Saha and Delhi Capitals Amit Mishra tested positive on Tuesday.
Later, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji and batting coach Michael Hussey also contracted the virus.
“I was chatting with the doctor from our team, whose room was across the hall from mine at the hotel, and Kumar (Sangakarra, Royals head coach) came around the corner. and ran her finger down her throat and then we knew it was over, ”Morris said.
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“And then it was chaos! The guys from England in particular were panicking because they had to isolate themselves in hotels in England first, and apparently there were no rooms.” Gerald Coetzee, who was named as a replacement for Australian Andrew Tye, only arrived in India last week and Morris said he tried to comfort the young pacemaker as he panicked a bit.
“I know poor Gerald was freaking out a bit, I mean he’s only 20 years old and this is all going on,” said Morris, who was the most expensive IPL purchase ever with a huge contract of Rs 16.25 crore.
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“I tried to keep it under my wing a bit and made sure it was ready when the 12:30 am pickup arrived at the hotel. It was strange, it was just a handful of us in this whole hotel at the time.
The league came under fire at a time when a devastating health crisis was unfolding outside the bubble with more than 3,000 people dying every day in India. “For me it was always a double thing; on the one hand, we play a tournament, all happy and smiling in a bubble, while outside so many people are suffering,” Morris said.
“On the other hand, there was the fact that by playing we made sure that people stayed home, looked at us and at least had something to smile about or think about – even if it was. unhappy with the way we played in a game – for three hours every night. “