IPL auction: Chris Morris becomes most expensive overseas player

Chris Morris has been snapped up by the Rajasthan Royals at the IPL auction for a record fee that is equivalent to more than R32-million.

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Already a million dollar man twice over Chris Morris showed that he is still a sought after talent after sparking a bidding war at the Indian Premier League auction.

Chris Morris becomes most expensive foreign player in IPL Auction history

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Chris Morris of South Africa celebrates taking the wicket of Rahmat Shah of Afghanistan with Hashim Amla of South Africa during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between South Africa and Afghanistan at Cardiff Wales Stadium on June 15, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: ICC MEDIA ZONE

Morris was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the 2020 season but that didn’t stop the franchise trying to buy him back.

After Mumbai Indians opened the bidding for the Proteas allrounder, RCB came in and in a back-and-forth the two drove the price beyond the $1 million mark.

RCB pulled out of the bidding soon after, but Mumbai found rivals in the Rajasthan Royals who joined in the bidding with a 10.75 crore INR offer.

Mumbai would drop out but the Royals wouldn’t get away without paying a princely sum for Morris’ services as the team with the biggest IPL auction budget joined the fray. Preity Zinta’s newly renamed Punjab Kings entered the war with a 13.50 crore INR bid.

The Royals had paid the previous biggest sum for an overseas player when acquiring the services of England allrounder Ben Stokes and they were willing to drop big money again with a winning bid of 16.25 crore INR which translates to more than $2-million and more than R32-million.

Morris remains available for Proteas selection but hasn’t played in any international format since the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England. He is renowned in the IPL for his smart bowling and big-hitting, and although he hasn’t produced too many impactful innings recently, Morris has become a better bowler who finds his lengths a lot sooner than earlier in his career. He will have to compete with Jofra Archer for a place in the Royals attack but should get his chance in purple.

Players sold in forst round of IPL auction

 Chennai Super Kings

Moeen Ali All-Rounder ₹7,00,00,000

 Delhi Capitals

Steven Smith Batsman ₹2,20,00,000

 Kolkata Knight Riders

Shakib Al Hasan All-Rounder ₹3,20,00,000

 Punjab Kings

Dawid Malan All-Rounder ₹1,50,00,000

 Rajasthan Royals

Christopher Morris All-Rounder ₹16,25,00,000
Shivam Dube All-Rounder ₹4,40,00,000

 Royal Challengers Bangalore

Glenn Maxwell All-Rounder ₹14,25,00,000

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