IPL 2013 April 20, 2013

Three shirts, eight sweat bands, and 4000 Twitter followers

It's hot, it's noisy, and there's plenty of travel involved, but Chris Morris is having the coolest time ever at the IPL
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I'm writing this just before going to my first IPL after party, after beating Kolkata Knight Riders. I'm quite excited about that, especially after hearing some of the stories of Bollywood glamour. The whole experience of playing against Knight Riders was awesome and Eden Gardens was fantastically loud.

I can't believe I've already played five matches in the tournament. The last 11 days have been a bit of a blur and everything has happened so quickly. But let me take you back to the beginning, when I made my IPL debut against Kings XI Punjab.

My nerves took over when it was announced that I was in the starting XI. I thought I'd play it cool going to the ground only to leave my kit at the hotel. It was a very embarrassing moment but quite funny.

Even though it was not a tense game and we won easily, afterwards, I struggled to sleep with all the excitement. The next day we flew to Chennai, which was a painfully long journey. The only thing that kept me sane was sitting next to the legend that is Michael Hussey. He is an absolutely down-to-earth person and I'd say that flight was up there with one of the coolest couple of hours for me ever.

We had Royal Challengers Bangalore next and I couldn't wait to play in front of my home crowd.

The guys weren't lying when they said it's hot here. It was the first time in my life I've had to pack four playing shirts for any game.

Getting Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and Dan Christian out was crazy. When I think about it, I guess I just got lucky on the day. It was a very stressful match because we thought we'd lost and then realised there was a no-ball, which was great for us. But the best part of that night was the crowd. The sound is just amazing. You can't think, let alone hear a team-mate. And my Twitter followers went up by 4000 after that game.

After that, I experienced my first loss with the team, to Pune Warriors. It was very disappointing even though I was happy with my performance. I really struggled with the heat in that game. I used eight sweat bands and three shirts and by my third over, I felt like my lungs were going to burst. Getting Robin Uttappa and Ross Taylor helped a little, but it was a good thing there were ice bandanas and ice vests waiting for us as we came off.

I haven't really had a chance to get out of the hotels much because of all the travel days, but I did venture out in Delhi. The Nannes family took me to a restaurant called Olive Beach, and Hussey and Ben Laughlin joined us. It was my first real taste of Indian food. I can't remember what the dish I had was called, but it was lamb wrapped in bacon and it was insanely good.

Dirk has decided to be my tour guide once his family leave and I am really looking forward to exploring more of Chennai with him. We will be at home for the next week or so before we go to Pune and then on to Mumbai. Hope to have lots to tell you by then.

South Africa and Lions fast bowler Chris Morris plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL

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  • on April 22, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    You seem to be gem of an all-rounder, on and off the field. You follow tight lines on field and release easy line on paper.I am die hard CSK fan.I love MSD and Fleming for their strategies.You are proving to be a crucial cog in the whell.Go man!!!!

  • Pathiyal on April 23, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    the likes of mike hussey, MS, Steve Fleming & Nannes around will make you feel that you are in good co. but be a bit careful about the tempting food out there in india. know ur strength and weaknesses :-)

  • 09wiledw on April 22, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Cheers for giving us such a good insight into what the IPL offers players like you, the chance to play on the biggest stage, and visit an awesome country.

  • on April 22, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Mooi Chris now we should just get Dwaine Pretorius a contract there as well:) hehe. Like your blog, keep it up!

  • DilbertZA on April 22, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    It is a wonderful time to be a South African cricket fan. Well done and all the best for the rest of the IPL Chris Morris. It was nice to see David Miller get some runs too. Congratulations to the organizers and cricket fans in India for hosting the greatest cricket tournament on earth.

  • sgsekaran on April 22, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    A tall All Rounder from South Africa. . . . When he got three big wickets against Bangalore, I was so excited his talent. When the time goes, he is getting stronger and stronger. . . . Had Good records for Lions in South African T20s. . . . I will be always with Super kings and you too. . . . .

  • sgsekaran on April 22, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    A tall All Rounder from South Africa. . . . When he got three big wickets against Bangalore, I was so excited his talent. When the time goes, he is getting stronger and stronger. . . . Had Good records for Lions in South African T20s. . . . I will be always with Super kings and you too. . . . .

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Yet another good south african ........ Happy ipl dude ......

  • Sakthiivel on April 22, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Its always surprise me how Super kings management takes a person who is so humble and down to earth person. Super kings always keep low profile and humble on their wins. Proud to be a super king.

  • GermanPlayer on April 22, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    I like your writing style. Nice small sentences. It's cute.

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    You seem to be gem of an all-rounder, on and off the field. You follow tight lines on field and release easy line on paper.I am die hard CSK fan.I love MSD and Fleming for their strategies.You are proving to be a crucial cog in the whell.Go man!!!!

  • Pathiyal on April 23, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    the likes of mike hussey, MS, Steve Fleming & Nannes around will make you feel that you are in good co. but be a bit careful about the tempting food out there in india. know ur strength and weaknesses :-)

  • 09wiledw on April 22, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Cheers for giving us such a good insight into what the IPL offers players like you, the chance to play on the biggest stage, and visit an awesome country.

  • on April 22, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Mooi Chris now we should just get Dwaine Pretorius a contract there as well:) hehe. Like your blog, keep it up!

  • DilbertZA on April 22, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    It is a wonderful time to be a South African cricket fan. Well done and all the best for the rest of the IPL Chris Morris. It was nice to see David Miller get some runs too. Congratulations to the organizers and cricket fans in India for hosting the greatest cricket tournament on earth.

  • sgsekaran on April 22, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    A tall All Rounder from South Africa. . . . When he got three big wickets against Bangalore, I was so excited his talent. When the time goes, he is getting stronger and stronger. . . . Had Good records for Lions in South African T20s. . . . I will be always with Super kings and you too. . . . .

  • sgsekaran on April 22, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    A tall All Rounder from South Africa. . . . When he got three big wickets against Bangalore, I was so excited his talent. When the time goes, he is getting stronger and stronger. . . . Had Good records for Lions in South African T20s. . . . I will be always with Super kings and you too. . . . .

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Yet another good south african ........ Happy ipl dude ......

  • Sakthiivel on April 22, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Its always surprise me how Super kings management takes a person who is so humble and down to earth person. Super kings always keep low profile and humble on their wins. Proud to be a super king.

  • GermanPlayer on April 22, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    I like your writing style. Nice small sentences. It's cute.

  • on April 22, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    A down to earth...very open..writeup..gud...good luck to u Morris

  • on April 22, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Such a soft spoken, humble, down to earth, simple & honest guy with good on-field performance. I have been a big fan of AB De Villiers, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Hashim Amla, and now u r the 5th south african in my favorite players list.

  • jkraj on April 22, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Ur gonna b grt oldage writer aftr Cricketing career......u hv natural writing skills...!!!!!!!!!!!!! .........keep posting nd grt performance Chrissss.........!!!!

  • Selva_247 on April 22, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    More of CSK's Fan base is for the attitude and team spirit that they show and the way they travel as a family, more than the fans just for the cricket that they play. Morris is another feather in their cap. Congrats buddy. Keep Posting

  • ooper_cut on April 22, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    He sure has given a tough time for Albie, but Dirk Nannes had to be the one to go, sad ! Enjoy your time with CSK, Chris.

  • on April 22, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Great news for CSK... Thank God we have a great strike bowler and a good lower middle order bat and above all a nice guys who opens his mind freely...Hats of for your performance till date and expects more...

  • on April 22, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    really nice writting chris... keep posting!!

  • kitten on April 22, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Great Chris!! You are a man of many talents. Keep up the good work with the ball, have a ball afterwards, and let the writing flow!!

  • Nissan89 on April 22, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Good to see morris being a strike bowler for CSK which was desperately need for the team

  • on April 22, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Nice Writing by Chris Keep posting

  • on April 22, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Nice Writing by Chris Keep posting

  • Nissan89 on April 22, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Good to see morris being a strike bowler for CSK which was desperately need for the team

  • kitten on April 22, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Great Chris!! You are a man of many talents. Keep up the good work with the ball, have a ball afterwards, and let the writing flow!!

  • on April 22, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    really nice writting chris... keep posting!!

  • on April 22, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Great news for CSK... Thank God we have a great strike bowler and a good lower middle order bat and above all a nice guys who opens his mind freely...Hats of for your performance till date and expects more...

  • ooper_cut on April 22, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    He sure has given a tough time for Albie, but Dirk Nannes had to be the one to go, sad ! Enjoy your time with CSK, Chris.

  • Selva_247 on April 22, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    More of CSK's Fan base is for the attitude and team spirit that they show and the way they travel as a family, more than the fans just for the cricket that they play. Morris is another feather in their cap. Congrats buddy. Keep Posting

  • jkraj on April 22, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Ur gonna b grt oldage writer aftr Cricketing career......u hv natural writing skills...!!!!!!!!!!!!! .........keep posting nd grt performance Chrissss.........!!!!

  • on April 22, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Such a soft spoken, humble, down to earth, simple & honest guy with good on-field performance. I have been a big fan of AB De Villiers, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Hashim Amla, and now u r the 5th south african in my favorite players list.

  • on April 22, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    A down to earth...very open..writeup..gud...good luck to u Morris