In a significant blow to the Royals’ marketing campaign, pace spearhead Archer was dominated out of the primary half of the event attributable to an elbow harm he suffered in the course of the just lately concluded England’s tour of India.
In his absence new-recruit Morris is about to steer the quick-bowling attack.
“Every single team that I have played in the IPL, my role has been with the new ball and at the death. That doesn’t really change. I have always had fast bowlers in the team and I’ve been there supporting act,” Morris said at a virtual press conference.
“It won’t be a new role if I am leading an attack, won’t be new if I am supporting. There is a little bit of responsibility when it comes to leading the attack. But like I said, since it wouldn’t be able to be alien to me,” he added.
Morris became the most expensive buy in the IPL auction history with the Royals shelling out Rs 16.25 crore for the South African all-rounder last month.
Talking about the pressure that comes with such an expensive price tag, Morris said “I think it’s natural to have a little bit of a pressure when something like that has happened. I’d be lying to you if there wasn’t any pressure but fortunately enough in the past, I have been coming in with quite a big price tag on my head.
“At the end of the day, you need to perform, no matter what the price tag is.” Morris feels his function within the group is totally different to that of fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes, who he feels possess the “magic contact in cricket”.
“I think we have got different roles Stokes opens the batting. He is one of the best in the world if not the best. My role is to finish off games with the bat which I hope I can do more of this year.
“With the ball it’s different I think he bowled a lot less in the IPL last year than he did in the previous years. But the guy has got the magic touch when it comes to cricket. So, you know, if we feeding off each other in our different roles on the team, you know, I think we could be quite a quite an interesting duo to come up against,” Morris stated.
The Royals have a brand new skipper in Sanju Samson this 12 months. Morris, who has shared the dressing room with the 26-12 months-outdated within the IPL earlier than, feels as somebody who retains wickets and in addition fields, the Indian must quite a bit to supply whereas leading the facet.
“I’m obviously quite lucky I’ve got a very good relationship with Sanju, I have batted with him at Rajasthan and in Delhi. I don’t see him a young captain I see him as seriously good cricket player, whose got a great cricket brain.
“For a guy who can keep wickets and field he’s seen different angles, different approaches from the back and the side. So, you know, I’m sure it’s got some good ideas, I’m sure it’s got some interesting things that we can discuss when it comes to tactics and to what the plans are.”
Humbled to have gone for such a high price tag, Morris said that seeing so many teams interested in his services is a confidence booster.
“I didn’t expect to be bought for that much and so many teams to employ my services. It’s humbling, I never thought I’d be playing these many IPLs.”
The 33-12 months-outdated is firmly focussed on profitable the IPL.
“Whether T20 World Cup or not it’ll be an important season. Your important focus is to win the IPL. It’s the second greatest trophy, if not the most important within the 12 months with out a World Cup, you need to win as a home cricketer.”