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Anand Subramaniam in Delhi

Job well begun, but half done: Morris

CSK fast bowler sheds light on CSK’s thus-far successful run in CLT20 2013

There is something very positive about the Yellow Brigade. Year after year they keep coming up with performances that make everybody wonder what their success mantra is. This year as well, the Chennai Super Kings are in yet another semi-final as they eye their second Champions League T20 title. At the moment, they are sitting pretty at the top of the Group B table with three wins in three games and have already sealed a semi-final spot.

The team gathered here at the Feroz Shah Kotla for a light practice session before their game against Trinidad & Tobago on Monday. The mood in the camp was light with the regular practice drills shared with a few smiles and laughs. Chris Morris had a quick chat with the media here and spoke about the team’s next fixture in the tournament. “Topping the group was our main goal when we got here and to win as many games as possible,” Morris said. “Our first goal has been done, but we have quite a tough game on Monday against T&T. We are working hard to finish off the Group stage on a good note and also end the tournament on a high.”

Undoubtedly, CSK have been one of the most dominant sides in the competition clicking well as a unit. Their top order has done well and their bowlers have backed themselves to perform on the day. The only concern was that of Ravindra Jadeja, who has been a bit off colour in the tournament. He bowled well to take two wickets in the previous game, but has been shoddy in the other two. He got a chance to bat once and scored a duck.

When asked if his form was a bit of concern, Morris said, “Ravindra Jadeja is an outstanding player. It is good that we have not needed him, because if we needed him to score, it would have meant the guys are struggling up front. But Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina are going so well that we have not required Jaddu to do the job for us. Suresh Raina is in the form of his life. We are playing good cricket and it is a good thing.”

Morris, one of the new additions to the franchise, relished being a part of the team and also said that the reason for CSK’s success over the years has been their simplicity. “I am new to the franchise and being my first year, it has been absolutely brilliant. The guys are all down-to-earth and very humble and always willing to help. And obviously MS Dhoni is a role model for lots of cricketers in the world. He is an unbelievable cricketer and a great guy. Our main reason for winning is that we have kept things simple. The guys work really hard, which is good to see, which is why we are successful.”

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