South Africa’s all-rounder Chris Morris will be extremely delighted as he has now become the most the expensive player in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction history. Morris was bought by the Rajasthan Royals (RR) for a gigantic price of Rs 16.25 crores and the Proteas cricketer overtook the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Pat Cummins to record the landmark bid in the history of the IPL. Ahead of the IPL Player Auction 2021, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opted to release Morris after having bought him last year for Rs 10 crores.
Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris entered the IPL auction 2021 with a base price of 75 lakhs and from the very start, both the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore looked quite desperate to get Morris. However, RCB pulled out of the bidding war as soon as the bid reached Rs 10 crores which brought in Rajasthan Royals in the mix. With their total purse of 15.35 crores, Mumbai also opted to pull out and that is when an exciting bidding war started between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Eventually, it was the Royals who ended up acquiring Morris for a record amount.
Morris was injured in the first few matches for the RCB but performed impressively well with the ball in the second half of the 2020 season in the UAE picking 11 wickets from 9 games with an excellent economy of 6.63. On the other hand, the Royals also had their share of problems of identifying a fast bowling partner for Jofra Archer in IPL 2020 and with the inclusion of Chris Morris, their pace bowling attack certainly looks perfect.
RCB may have failed to get back Morris, however, they have added star Australian swashbuckling batsman Glenn Maxwell for a whopping price of Rs 14.25 crores. This means that the esteemed trio of captain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell will be playing together for the RCB in the upcoming season. The spin bowling all-rounder duo of Moeen Ali and Shakib Al Hasan also fetched great deals with Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively.
For more cricket news, click here