South African all-rounder Chris Morris has scripted history today by becoming the most expensive to be bought by a franchise in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL). Chris Morris got sold out for a whopping INR 16.25 crores to the Rajashthan Royals to seal the deal.
His base price was set at INR 75 lakhs and attracted four franchises, including Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings, and Rajasthan Royals. The highest bidding for the player was a contest between Punjab Kings, who had INR 53.1 crores in their kitty, and Rajasthan Royals, who had INR 37.85 crores in their purse. Rajasthan Royals ultimately won the bidding war and bought Morris for INR 16.25 crores.
With this, Morris has broken the record of Yuvraj Singh, who was the most expensive buy in the history of IPL at INR 16 crores when he was roped in by Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils) at the IPL 2015 auction. He also shattered the record of the second-most expensive player in IPL, Pat Cummins, who was bagged by the Kolkata Kight Riders last season for INR 15.5 crores.
The bowling all-rounder is a seasoned player of the Proteas, having represented the team in 42 ODIs, 23 T20Is, and 4 Tests. The right-arm pacer has previously been part of other IPL teams, including the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, and Rajasthan Royals.
He has made 70 IPL match appearances, scoring 551 runs at a strike rate of 157.87 and clinching 80 wickets at an economy rate of 7.81 runs per over.
The IPL 2021 auction took place in Chennai on Thursday, where 292 players were put up for auction.