Dale Steyn had said cricket takes a backseat in the IPL as there's more focus on price tag of players.
- Dale Steyn had made a controversial remark on the Indian Premier League
- Steyn said cricket takes a backseat in the IPL where the focus is more on the price tag of players
- Chris Morris has said he doesn't agree with Dale Steyn's remark
South African pacer Chris Morris shattered record books as he became the costliest player in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) auction after Rajasthan Royals (RR) bought him for a whopping sum of Rs 16.25 crore at IPL 2021 auction. Morris' compatriot and legendary South African pacer Dale Steyn had earlier shared his views on the IPL saying cricket takes a backseat in the tournament where there is more focus on the price tag of players.
Morris, who is all set to play for the Royals in IPL 2021, said that there's no denying the fact that Steyn is one of the legends of the game but he did not agree with what he said.
"No, I don't feel the same (laughs). Dale's a free spirit, Dale's one of the legends of the game, Dale's one of my favourite people in the world," Morris told ESPN Cricinfo. "Dale's got his opinions, he will be outspoken about his opinions, but that's Dale's character.
"I'm not going to delve into it too much and it was just the case of Dale feeling at that time what Dale was feeling - what he was feeling emotionally or physically or mentally. Whatever he feels that's what he feels, and I'm happy to have a conversation with him about it. But, we're all different animals, we're all different people and we have different opinions and that's what makes the world go around."
After receiving flak for his comment on social media, Steyn had also apologised to his fans saying his remark was taken out of context.
"IPL has been nothing short of amazing in my career, as well as other players too. My words were never intended to be degrading, insulting, or comparing of any leagues. Social media and words out of context can often do that," Steyn tweeted.
"My apologies if this has upset anyone."
Playing in the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Steyn said, "I think when you go to the IPL, there are such big squads and so many big names and so much emphasis on maybe the amount of money players earn and everything like that, so sometimes, somewhere down the line, cricket gets forgotten."
Meanwhile, Morris, who had a good season with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2020, will be seen playing for the Royals in the upcoming season after he was one of the ten players released by Virat Kohli-led side ahead of the auction. While the Royals boast of a fearsome pacer in Jofra Archer, the English speedster has been ruled out for the first few games of the tournament after undergoing a hand surgery. Morris' role will thus become more important for the Royals - who finished at the bottom of the points table in IPL 2020.