Brad Hogg
Rajasthan Royals paid a lot to acquire the services of South African all-rounder Chris Morris, feels former Australian spinner, Brad Hogg.

Rajasthan Royals paid a lot to acquire the services of South African all-rounder Chris Morris, feels former Australian spinner, Brad Hogg. He, however, observed that the dynamics of the auction were such that RR had to enter a bidding war to secure the services of Morris.

The 49-year-old, in a video on his YouTube channel, said that there weren’t many genuine all-rounders left in the auction. Hence, RR had to pay INR 16.25 crore for the lanky all-rounder. Hogg believes Morris is a type of player, who could have been useful for almost any other team.

“The bids led the Rajasthan Royals bid for Chris Morris at a high price. And again, I think he is overpriced. But he is a man that you do want in your team. There wasn’t much in the auction in the all-round department,” Brad Hogg said in the video.

While Morris’ price does seem to be a bit “overpriced”, Hogg tried to explain the reason why RR went for the Proteas all-rounder. Kumar Sangakkara, RR director of cricket, had revealed that England all-rounder Ben Stokes would not bowl a lot in the upcoming IPL season to better manage his workload.

Opining on the same, Hogg said: Rajasthan Royals wanted an all-rounder. They wanted someone who is a clean hitter to finish off innings and also someone who is very good with the new ball and handy with the old ball in the death overs.”

“He is a perfect fit considering that Stokes is not going to bowl too many overs through this IPL,” he added.

Over the years, players with hefty price tag have crumbled under pressure. It will be interesting to see how Morris fairs in the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league.

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