South Africa has been one of the most formidable opponents on the greatest stage in cricket, producing a constant run of matchwinners but not having the trophies to show for it. Chris Morris, an all-rounder, is one of a long line of players who can win games with bat or ball for their teams. On January 11, Chris Morris retired from all forms of cricket. Morris, in the age of 34, he built a name for himself in white ball cricket, particularly the IPL, as a game-changing all-rounder.Morris has consistently been a top-tier draw in the IPL over the years. Morris joined Rajasthan Royals (RR) in 2015 after previously representing Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Morris was acquired for $7 million by the Delhi Capitals (formerly Daredevils) in 2016, and he was retained ahead of the 2018 IPL Mega Auction.
Chris Morris creates a record for highest strike rate in an innings in IPL history. No batsman has recorded a higher strike rate in an innings in the history of the IPL
Here are three of Morris’ most memorable knocks in the premier league over the years.
In 2016, he scored 82 not out runs off 32 balls against the Gujarat Lions.
The Delhi Daredevils’ home match against Gujarat Lions was all but over at 57/4, chasing 173. On the night of April 27, however, a certain Christopher Henry Morris had different plans. Morris, who came out to bat in the 10th over, made fun of the Lions’ assault and clobbered them all over the field. Morris reduced the equation to 18 off the final two overs route to a stunning half-century. The Daredevils were in command, but Gujarat’s Praveen Kumar and Dwayne Bravo kept their cool to pull off a one-run victory. Morris’ unbeaten 32-ball 82, which included eight sixes, was ultimately in vain.It was, without a doubt, the man’s best T20 knock, and it was truly a sight to witness.
In 2017, he was 38 not out off 9 balls against RPS.
Chris Morris demolished Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at their home pitch in 2017 in a showcase of death-overs batting. After a century from Sanju Samson, the Delhi Daredevils were on the attack in this innings. After Samson’s departure, Morris walked out in the penultimate over and spent no time in announcing his intentions. Morris swung with wild abandon after falling in love with Adam Zampa, then Ben Stokes. One of his shots flew 102 metres over the mid-wicket fence.The Daredevils scored 205/4 thanks to his nine-ball attack, which included four boundaries and three sixes. RPS were bowled out for 108 runs, and Samson was named Player of the Match. However, the game is also known for Morris’ outstanding cameo.
In 2021, he was 36 not out off 18 balls against the Delhi Capitals.
In the IPL 2021, Rajasthan Royals’ bowlers performed a good job limiting Delhi Capitals to 147/8 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. However, the Royals were reduced to 42/5 in the 10th over after a dismal start with the bat. With a 43-ball 62, David Miller sparked their comeback, but his wicket in the 16th over gave the Capitals the upper hand. Of course, this was before Chris Morris took control. Morris smashed two sixes off Kagiso Rabada in the 19th over against his previous squad. Morris completed the job with two deliveries to spare in the final over, courtesy of two more sixes from Tom Curran to send the Royals home.
While his undefeated 38 off nine balls was undoubtedly more thrilling, this performance ranks higher because to the added strain of a run chase.
Chris Morris’s blistering innings of 38 runs off just 9 balls set an IPL record for the highest strike rate in an innings (minimum 25 runs). Morris had a strike rate of 422.22 in the final two overs, pulverising the Rising Pune Supergiant bowlers. He hit four boundaries and three sixes in his innings. In his inning, there were no dot balls.