Twitter goes wild as Chris Morris becomes the most expensive player in IPL auction history

Twitter goes wild as Chris Morris becomes the most expensive player in IPL auction history

Chris Morris will turn up for his former IPL team Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming season.

Chris Morris of RCB
Chris Morris of RCB. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

All-rounder Chris Morris has created history by becoming the most expensive player in the history of IPL auction after Rajasthan Royals secured the services for a whopping amount of Rs 16.25 crore in the ongoing event in Chennai. The record was previously held by former India batsman Yuvraj Singh who was bought for Rs 16 crore by Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils) in IPL 2015.

As expected, the South African caused a bidding war in the auction before RR eventually signed him for the whopping amount. One of the best T20 all-rounders in the world at present, Morris was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp. The Bangalore-based outfit, however, decided to part ways with Morris despite his decent performance in IPL 2020.

But the all-rounder had struggled with his fitness. Overall, he played 9 games in IPL 2020 and picked up 11 wickets at an excellent average of just over 19. With the bat, he managed to score only 34 runs. Chris Morris’ overall IPL record, however, has been excellent over the years. In 70 IPL matches so far, Morris has picked up 80 wickets at a brilliant average of just under 24.

What makes him even more valuable is his ability with the bat. The South Africa star has the ability to hit some big shots and has a stunning strike-rate of 157.87 with the bat in IPL. So far, he has scored more than 500 runs in the IPL with the help of two fifties.

Chris Morris’ creates history after triggering bidding war:

Chris Morris had registered himself at a base price of Rs 75 crore and while he was expected to get a big contract, not many would have expected him to get such a huge price. Defending champions Mumbai Indians started the bidding before being joined by Royal Challengers Bangalore. There was an intense bidding war between the two before both of them pulled out of the race and were replaced by Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings.

The Royals and Punjab Kings went all out for Morris and eventually, the former had the last laugh. Playing for the Royals is nothing new for Morris who had plied his trade for the inaugural IPL winners in 2015. The all-rounder will be hoping to put up a better show this year while the Royals will be hoping that their long wait for a second IPL title ends too. Meanwhile, the cricket fraternity went berserk over Morris’ huge IPL contract.

Here are some of the reactions: