Rajasthan Royals' director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara has informed that all-rounder Chris Morris, purchased by franchise for a record Rs 16.25 crore at the IPL auction, will have a very specific role of supporting Jofra Archer. Morris, on Friday, became the most expensive buy in the history of the IPL, beating Yuvraj Singh’s record of Rs 16 crore.
To begin with, let's understand why the cricketing world is so fascinated by all-rounders.
In layman terms, you have a wicket-keeper who bats a bit and you have five batsmen and five bowlers. In effect, you have six people who can bat and five people who can bowl as their primary skill, out of the 11 players in the team. Now, if a couple of the batsmen can bowl a bit and a couple of bowlers can bat a bit, it gives immense balance to the side as the captain then has more options at his disposal.
Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan on Saturday put down his team's comprehensive 51-run win against Kings XI Punjab to sticking to the basics.
"We just did the basics right. Got a decent start. We did not lose wickets regularly. The pitch was slow and we executed the plans well
To put it bluntly, South Africa have not had a great time in international cricket recently. They lost the Tests in India rather embarrassingly, and were even undone at home by England in the same format. While those are rather disappointing results