Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, acknowledged that South African all-rounder Chris Morris’ confirmed expertise and record within the IPL made the franchise bid for him at a record worth.
Chris Morris turned the costliest purchase at an IPL public sale, beating Yuvraj Singh’s record, who was bought by Delhi Capitals for INR 16 crore.
Morris entered the IPL 2021 public sale at a base worth of INR 75 lakh after being launched by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) forward of the mini-auction.
In a video posted on Rajasthan Royals’ official Twitter account, Sangakkara defined intimately why the franchise went for the veteran all-rounder at such a excessive worth. He stated:
“(Chris) Morris (was bought) especially for his ability in terms of the ball. His numbers across the IPL are very good. And, of course, he has got the ability to get runs with the bat as well. He has a specific role for us to play. Very happy with the way things have gone.”
Admitting that the value could appear a bit excessive, Sangakkara added:
“Yes, it was quite a high price. But, at the same time, the role in the team, and the demand for that role, plays a large part in not just our franchise but any side looking for their players.”
On getting one other all-rounder, Shivam Dube, at a worth of INR 4.4 crore, the Sri Lankan acknowledged that his purchase was with a view to “strengthen the middle-order”.
Rajasthan Royals struggled with the bat final 12 months regardless of having large names like Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson of their line-up.
Apart from Chris Morris and Dube, Rajasthan Royals additionally bought Bangladesh’s prolific left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman for his base worth of INR 1 crore.
Chris Morris’ IPL record
Chris Morris was bought by RCB for INR 10 crore final 12 months. However, he couldn’t play all of the matches because of harm.
In the 9 video games that he featured in, the 33-year-old ended up selecting up a powerful 11 wickets at a strike charge of 17.27.
He did not get too many probabilities to bat, and scored 34 runs at a strike charge of 161.90. Chris Morris, although, has the power to strike large hits if given a probability.
In his total IPL profession, Chris Morris has claimed 80 wickets in 70 matches at a strike charge of 18.42. With the bat, he has scored 551 runs, hanging at 157.87, with a better of 82 not out.
Published 18 Feb 2021, 18:07 IST