South African all-rounder Chris Morris has become a big talking point after he fetched up for a mammoth price tag at the Indian Premier League 2021 auction.
Stuck in a bidding war between Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers (RCB) Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals (RR), Morris was the hot property during the auction as the franchises went all-in for him.
Morris was eventually picked by RR for a mammoth price of ₹16.25 crore, which shattered the record set by Yuvraj Singh, who was bought by Delhi Daredevils for ₹16 crore in IPL auction 2015.
Notably, Morris had entered the auction with a base price of ₹75 lakh. MI and RCB had started the bidding war before RR made a late entry as RCB pulled out at ₹10 crore.
On being asked about the logic behind Morris’ buy, RR Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara said that the Proteas all-rounder has the ability to finish the games, with both bat and ball.
“We’re also glad to get Chris Morris with us simply for what he brings to the side, both with the bat and ball. With the ball especially, his numbers across the IPLs are really good and his ability to finish games with the bat down the order is useful,” he told.
“Yes the price was on the higher side, but we’re looking for a very specific role with Chris and really happy to have someone like him in our squad,” said Sangakkara.
Indian all-rounder Shivam Dube was also picked by Rajasthan Royals for ₹4.4 crore during the auction. The former Sri Lankan skipper said that the side was specifically looking for someone like Shivam for the middle-order spot.
“It was an exciting auction. From our point of view we were targeting certain players and we’re happy to get our targets. We were looking at Shivam Dube for that middle-order spot in our batting line-up and finally got him,” he stated.
“We’re excited to have picked up some talented Indian youngsters, all of whom add different dimensions to our squad. As a team, we’re delighted with the targets we were able to get and looking forward to working with the squad during the IPL now,” Sangakkara added.
The franchise also acquired the services of Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rehman at his base price of 1 cr. Chetan Sakariya, another left-armer, was swooped by RR for 1.20 cr ahead of RCB.