April 20, 2013

IPL 2013

Three shirts, eight sweat bands, and 4000 Twitter followers

Chris Morris
Chris Gayle edges off Chris Morris, Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Chennai, April 13, 2013
Getting Chris Gayle out was crazy  © BCCI
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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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Posted by Pathiyal on (April 23, 2013, 8:05 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 :-)

Posted by 09wiledw on (April 22, 2013, 15:15 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.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

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

Posted by DilbertZA on (April 22, 2013, 14:45 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.

Posted by sgsekaran on (April 22, 2013, 12:15 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. . . . .

Posted by sgsekaran on (April 22, 2013, 12:14 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. . . . .

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

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

Posted by Sakthiivel on (April 22, 2013, 11:43 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.

Posted by GermanPlayer on (April 22, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

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

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Chris Morris
A South African allrounder in the mould of the men of the 1990s, Chris Morris bowls quick, hits the ball a long way, and is proof that the Champions League Twenty20 works. After impressing for the Lions in the 2012, he was picked up by CSK for "more money than I have ever seen".

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