South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris on Thursday created history as he has become the most expensive player in the history of the Indian Premier League. Morris, who was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the IPL 2021, has been sold to the Rajasthan Royals for a whopping amount of INR 16.25 crore in the mini-auction in Chennai.
The 33-year-old was roped in by the Virat Kohli-led side for a staggering Rs 10 crore last year. However, he played just 9 games and scored 34 runs while picking up 12 wickets in the IPL 2020.
Morris has now surpassed former India player, Yuvraj Singh (16 crore) to become the costliest player in IPL auction history.
Soon after Morris’ name came on the auction table, many franchises joined the race to sign the experienced player, including Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings. At last, Royals had the last laugh as the Pretoria-born cricketer will now play for the Rajasthan-based franchise in the upcoming season.
Overall, Morris has played 70 games in his IPL career so far and scalped 80 wickets at an economy rate of 7.81.
Earlier in the day, the former RR skipper, Steve Smith was bought by the Delhi Capitals for Rs 2.2 crore.
Rajasthan Royals retained players: Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Andrew Tye