New Delhi: The auction of players for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League 2021 is going on in Chennai. In this auction, South African all-rounder Chris Morris was bought as the most expensive in the history of IPL.
He was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25 crore. Prior to Morris, Yuvraj Singh was the most expensive bought in IPL history for Rs 16 crore. Morris had a base price of Rs 75 lakh in the auction. Morris broke all records of bidding in the IPL auction as the teams ran after him. The most expensive overseas purchase before Morris was Pat Cummins, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders before IPL 2020 for Rs 15.5 crore.
The right-arm fast bowler and lower-order hitter has played 70 IPLs in the league so far and scored 551 runs at 23.95 and a strike rate of 157.87. With the ball, Morris scored 80 wickets at a score of 23.98 and an economy rate of 7.81 runs per over.
The 33-year-old played a total of 218 T20s and scored 1764 runs at a strike rate of 151.02. He has taken 270 wickets and given runs at an economy rate of 7.76 runs per over. However, Morris has not played any international cricket since 2019.
Despite the fact that Morris could be the best bowler with Joffra Archer under the new ball for Rajasthan Royals as Rajasthan now has two players who can bowl the ball at a constant speed of 90 mph with the new ball.
Morris could also be a back-up for Rajasthan star all-rounder Ben Stokes if Stokes suffers an injury during the tournament. Jose Butler is also in Rajasthan’s team. In this way, Rajasthan has a good check of foreign players for IPL 2021.