Chris Morris, the versatile Rajasthan Royals specialist, said the COVID-19 disaster in India has been discussed several times in his team and players can feel the pain the pandemic is causing in its deadly second wave here.
India is reeling from the second wave of the pandemic with cases increasing by more than 3 lakh per day, a crisis made worse by the shortage of some essential drugs and oxygen supply. Morris said it is “difficult to understand” what is going on.
“As a team, we’ve talked about it a lot in recent days. We have seen how this pandemic has taken over some regions, if not all of India, ”Morris said in the post-match press conference after his team defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets. here Saturday.
“It’s pretty hard to figure out what’s going on. It is a responsibility for us to play with smiles on our faces because we have a reason to smile and we are healthy and we can play cricket.
“We hope we can keep people happy on the other side of the screen. Whether we win or lose, it’s an opportunity to keep people smiling, if it gives people a reason to smile, then we’re doing well as a sport, ”he added.
The South African praised frontline workers around the world who are working tirelessly to help everyone during these difficult times.
“So as a team we just want to tell the heroes, the frontline workers around the world to do what they’re doing day in and day out, 24 hours a day, it’s just amazing.
“As a team, we feel everyone’s pain in the world.”
Morris played with the ball against KKR, recording an impressive 4/22 numbers before skipper Sanju Samson (42) and compatriot David Miller (24) lead the former champions to their second victory this season.
“Our execution was much better today, hitting length, bowling yorkers and slower balls.
The Royals entered the game after a humiliating 10-wicket loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“It’s very easy to go the dark way of thinking you’re not good enough when you’re beaten by 10 wickets, but sometimes you have to tip your hat to the opposition,” Morris said.
“As a team, we had a good discussion about our motivation. The first seven overs, we had a lot of fun, it was very entertaining. The guys had a great time.
Morris, who became the most expensive buy in IPL auction history in February, is happy to pay tribute to the trust the Royals have placed in him.
“It’s very nice to contribute. It’s good to reward a part of the faith placed in me, ”he added.
The Royals currently sit sixth in the points table. They will face the Mumbai Indians next Thursday in Delhi.