Chennai: South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at a whopping Rs 10 crore last year, was sold to for Rs. 16.25 crores.
He dethrones Pat Cummins to become the most expensive player in the history of IPL. Yuvraj Singh was the costliest ever buy in auction history before Morris as a former Indian all-rounder was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 16 crore in IPL 2015.
Morris has played 70 IPL matches for 80 wickets at an economy of 7.81, apart from 551 runs at a strike rate above 157.
Mumbai Indians joined the bidding war for South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris with Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Morris’s base price was Rs 75 lakh and he went through an intense bidding war before being sold for Rs 16.25 crore.
Later, Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals also joined the race to sign Morris as the bidding war crossed the 13 crore-mark for the South Africa all-rounder, who was released by RCB.
Finally, Mumbai Indians gave up on the battle for Chris Morris as Rajasthan Royals make him the most expensive buy in the history of IPL auctions by roping in the all-rounder for a staggering Rs 16.25 crore.
“We spoke to Chris before the auction. He’s in a bubble in South Africa now. Chris is an ex Royal. We’ve re-balanced our side and he will be an important player for us. We did get stretch to our limits, that was our last bid for him but Punjab Kings thankfully held back,” Rajasthan Royals COO Jake Lush McCrum said after the buy.
RCB coach Mike Hesson said he was delighted for Morris’ price tag. “We obviously had a limit of what we wanted to go till for Morris. Absolutely delighted for Chris, but it went above our limit.”
Morris was released by RCB after making just 9 appearances last season where he scored 34 runs and picked up 12 wickets. The RCB had a tough fight with Mumbai Indians (MI), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Punjab Kings (PBKS) to get the all-rounder in their squad. A good hitter of the ball down the order, the all-rounder is the type that any team would like to have in their ranks. However, his fitness issues were a major concern.