South African all-rounder Chris Morris became the costliest player in Indian Premier League (IPL) auction history on Thursday when Rajasthan Royals caught him for Rs 16.25 crore.
– IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 18, 2021
The 33-year-old was released from the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the 2020 IPL season.
Previously, Yuvraj Singh was the costliest purchase in auction history as it was bought for Rs 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils during IPL 2015. Following the former Indian versatile there is Pat Cummins (Rs 15.5 crore, 2020) and Ben Stokes (14.5 crore, 2017).
Morris played 70 IPL games for 80 wickets with a saving of 7.81, except for 551 runs at a strike rate above 157.
– RP Singh Rudra Pratap Singh (@rpsingh) February 18, 2021
– Gautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) February 18, 2021
Morris >>> Stokes at #IPL!!
– Harsha Bhogle (hobhogleharsha) February 18, 2021
On the other hand, Glenn Maxwell, still underperforming IPL, once again raised big bucks at the auction with Royal Challengers Bangalore bidding a whopping Rs 14.25 crore to secure his services.
English all-rounder Moeen Ali also opted for a hefty price of Rs 7 crore at Chennai Super Kings. Maxwell and Moeen had base prices of Rs 2 crore.
In contrast, Australian Steve Smith, who was released by Rajasthan Royals, was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 2.20 crore, only Rs 20 lakh more than his base price.