IPL 2021 Auction: Chris Morris became the most expensive purchase in IPL history at Rs. 16.25 crore.© BCCI / IPL
South African all-rounder Chris Morris became the most expensive purchase in Indian Premier League history when it was sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 16.25 crore. Before Morris, Yuvraj Singh, at Rs 16 crore, was the most expensive purchase in IPL history. Morris came to the auction for a base price of Rs. 75 lakh. Morris broke all bidding records in the IPL auction when teams frantically chased him. The most expensive foreign purchase before Morris was Pat Cummins, which was bought for Rs by Kolkata Knight Riders before IPL 2020. 15.5 crore.
A fast right arm bowler with a lower hitter, Morris has played 70 IPL games in the league so far, scoring 551 points at 23.95 and a success rate of 157.87.
With the ball, Morris has 80 wickets to his name at 23.98 and an economy rate of 7.81 per over.
A seasoned professional for South Africa, “Tipo” Morris made his international debut in 2012 in a T20I against New Zealand. He has since played in 23 T20Is and has 133 runs and 34 wickets to show.
The 33-year-old played 218 T20’s overall, scoring 1,764 runs at 21 and a strike rate of 151.02. He also picked up 270 wickets at 22.09 and an economy rate of 7.76 runs per over.
However, Morris has not played international cricket since 2019.
Nonetheless, Morris could be a skilled bowling partner for Jofra Archer as Rajasthan now has two players who consistently hit 90mph with the new ball and throw well at death.
Morris could also be a back-up for Ben Stokes, Rajasthan’s all-rounder, should Stokes be injured in the tournament.
With Jos Buttler also in the mix, Rajasthan has a good quartet of foreign players for IPL 2021.
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