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I am calmer now: Morton

— PHOTO: AP

BETTER TIMES: West Indian opener Runako Morton (right) has made good use of the team management’s faith in him.

St. Lucia: West Indies opener Runako Morton has become quite a headache for the Indian bowlers in the ongoing ODI series between the two nations and the flamboyant batsman credits his success to the newly-acquired calmness.

In the first of the four-match series, Morton hit 42 from 51 balls and sparkled with an unbeaten 85 in the second match to help the host level the series 1-1.

Morton said his focus and calm demeanour has much to do with the responsibilities that come with fatherhood. “Something feels different, I am enjoying the game, there is a calmness in me now.

“Having had my first son last November has a lot to do with my calmness. Now I have two children, there is no room for errors.”

When you have kids you want nothing but the best for them. You don’t want them to grow up making the same silly and stupid mistakes that Daddy made,” he said.

Morton said he has learnt to take criticism in his stride and try to focus on his game than worrying about cementing a spot in the team.

“Now I am thinking about taking care of business at hand and not thinking about having to make runs to get back on the team. Now I’m not even thinking about making the team. I’m not taking on the critics as much anymore. You have to deal with it but I don’t let it affect me as much as before.

“Sometimes I used to try and premeditate, now my mind is just clear and I think about each delivery to come,” he said.

Improved technique

Morton also said that his batting improved after sorting out some technical issues.

“I used to tend to fall over to the off side so I used to get trapped leg before a lot. Now I am more balanced because I am paying attention to my head movements because wherever the head goes the body will follow,” he said. — PTI

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