IPL 2021 Auction: Chris Morris makes history | Cricket News

2021-02-19 03:58:28

SA multi-tasker makes history at IPL Auction; Royals say they are delighted to have him
MUMBAI: Pandemic? Recession? Economy in turmoil? So what? If you are a fast medium bowler who can bowl fast and accurate inswinging yorkers at the death, also swing the ball conventionally during the powerplay, have a bullet arm from the deep, have bucket hands to catch the ball, and can tonk sixes at will and have Christopher Henry as your first two names, generous attention from the IPL franchises and a fat deposit in your bank account are a given.

Christopher Henry Morris, the tall and strapping South African all-rounder, currently in a bio bubble back home, better be good at counting the zeroes after 16 as he became the most expensive buy in an IPL auction ever at Rs. 16.25 crore in Chennai on Thursday with Rajasthan Royals beating intense bidding from Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore (who had released him) and Punjab Kings.

This despite spending a better part of the last three months injured. He hasn’t featured in a competitive game after picking up an injury against Delhi Capitals.
The Northern Transvaal cricketer, who has played for Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils and Capitals and has also had a stint with the Rajasthan Royals before in 2015 taking 13 wickets, beat Yuvraj Singh (16 Crore, Delhi Daredevils, 2015), Pat Cummins (15.5 Crore, Kolkata Knight Riders, 2020) and Ben Stokes (Rs. 14.5 Crore, Rising Pune Super Giant, 2017) and made the Royals pay for his multi-skill set.

And listening to their CEO, Jakel Lush McCrum, speaking to the official broadcasters, it seemed they were ready to pay a big price for Morris’ utility and his ability to make an impact at all stages of an IPL game.
Morris, a 10 crore signing for the RCB last year, was released this year to free up the purse, is an experienced hand, having featured in 70 IPL contests, picking 80 wickets, at an economy of 7.81 and has scored 551 runs at a strike rate of 157.87.

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