South African all-rounder Chris Morris broke records and banks after becoming the most expensive player in Indian Premier League (IPL) auction history after being bought for INR 16.24 crore by the Rajasthan Royals.
Morris had been released by Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the 2021 IPL auction after a below-par performance at the 2020 IPL which took place in the United Arab Emirates in September-November. Chris Morris had set himself a price of INR 2 crore in the 2021 IPL auction and was expecting to get a gig.
I never expected it said Chris Morris
Chris Morris faced the media for the very first time after his record-breaking Rajasthan Royals bid in the 2021 IPL auction. He said he was just happy to have been bought at auction, but the price he got obtained was something unexpected.
“It was a really big surprise, I never expected it. I’m just happy to have a gig to be honest. Being back in the IPL is special and whatever happens I just want to play. The good thing about the auction as a player is that it is absolutely beyond our control. It’s an absolute lottery. Whatever happens, you have no control over it, ” Morris told reporters as he prepared for a training session with the Titans.
He had previously secured an INR 10 crore bid from Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2020 auction, but with his massive bid in the IPL 2021 auction, he broke the all-time record that was previously held by Yuvraj. Singh, who had obtained an offer. of 16 crores INR from the capitals of Delhi.
They (Rajasthan Royals) are an incredibly well-run franchise: Chris Morris
This will be the second time Chris Morris has played for Rajasthan Royals, as he made his IPL debut for the franchise. He said he was lucky to have a second stint with the 2008 IPL winners.
“In 2015, I had a great time with them. I appreciated the owners and I appreciated the staff. Even though I haven’t been with them for long ‚every time I see them it’s big hugs and chats and seeing how everyone is doing.
I hope to stay on the pitch for all games. There will be a little extra pressure and that’s natural ‚but like I said, I’m lucky to have been a part of this franchise before and I know what I’m getting into. It’s an exciting year for us ” he added.