Ahead of the 2020 edition of IPL, Virat Kohli has admitted that Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris would bring in loads of experience to the franchise. He also stated that the franchise has got a great balance of experienced players alongside the skillset required to perform in the shortest format.
Prior to this year’s IPL in the Middle East, RCB made some bold decisions on the Auction table, bringing in the likes of Aaron Finch and Chris Morris. While the move for Aaron Finch was justified, given that the franchise has struggled to replace the now KXIP opener Chris Gayle, the franchise’s need to buy Chris Morris puzzled the fans.
Opening up on the decision, Virat Kohli admitted that Chris Morris’ inclusion in the squad is a welcome change and would bring in loads of experience to the franchise. He admitted that they were keenly looking for such an able all-rounder to be part of the setup this season.
“I would definitely agree with that (most all-round squad). The reason why we wanted someone like Chris Morris precisely for that reason. He brings a lot of experience into the squad.
While they did manage to acquire the services of the Proteas all-rounder, the franchise also made interesting buys in the form of Australian opener Aaron Finch and rising superstar, Josh Philippe. To put things into perspective, the young Australian batsman Philippe had scored 487 runs in 16 innings, at an average of 37.46 alongside clearing the boundary ample number of times.
“The youngsters whom we have picked this year are exciting too. Someone like Aaron Finch, who has a lot of experience, playing international cricket for a while, Josh Philippe, up and coming, exciting player.
Kohli believes that the unique combination and balance of both experience and players with skillset might help the franchise in breaking the trophy drought in the Middle East. He continued to heap praises on the current squad, comparing to the 2016 RCB squad, which went all the way to the final before crashing against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“We have got a great balance of experience, the skill required for T20 cricket and the youngsters in the team who are eager to take up responsibilities and looking forward to opportunities.
“To be honest, that 2016 season which we all loved to be a part of, since then this is the most balanced I have felt about the squad, as a system as to where we are heading. It’s been very well taken care of now. It’s up to us to execute on the field.”