'My dad is my hero'

'My dad is my hero'
South African cricketer Christopher Henry Morris, better known as Chris Morris, who is playing for the Delhi Daredevils team in this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), does everything he can to stay positive.

He has used this mantra in his personal and professional life and feels this approach has brought him a long way.  In an interview with Nina C George, Christopher talks about his family, cricket and experiments in the kitchen.  

Who is your inspiration?

I was inspired to take up cricket because of my father. I wanted to grow up to be a world-class cricketer like him. But having said that, I must add that my inspirations have changed over the years. I have been married for three years and my wife Lisa inspires me to be the best that I can. My parents and teammates too motivate me in different ways.

How has your father mentored you?

As a little boy, I remember my father and I playing cricket in our garden. He taught me how to handle the bat and the ball. He would teach me tricks on how to hit a six and cheer me on whenever I gave a good shot. He provided the best example on how to raise a happy family and handle tough situations with ease. My dad is my hero.

What is your day at home like?

When I am home, I catch up on my sleep. My family and I go to the movies, cook and spend quality time with each other.

We hear that you are a good cook?

I would like to think that I am a good cook. I love exploring ways of cooking ‘braai’ meat and chicken on fire. My wife makes some excellent salad to go with it.

What do you do when you are not playing cricket?

I walk my dogs and work in the garden. I also explore the new restaurants.

What is the one thing you can’t live without? 

My wife, because she is a big support system for me. I can talk to her about anything and be myself with her.

Do you go sightseeing in the city that you are playing in?

We moved around a bit in Mumbai. We haven’t had much time this year but I think each city here has a different character.

If there’s one thing that you want to change about the IPL, what would it be?
Less travelling and more time for the body to recoup.  

How do you relax after the IPL tour?

I play golf and spend time with my loved ones. I always joke with my wife saying that my first love is golf (but that’s not true) and make her jealous. These two things help me switch off my brain.

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