Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, acknowledged that South African all-rounder Chris Morris’ confirmed abilities and report within the IPL made the franchise bid for him at a report value.
Chris Morris turned the costliest purchase at an IPL public sale, beating Yuvraj Singh’s report, who was bought by Delhi Capitals for INR 16 crore.
Morris entered the IPL 2021 public sale at a base value 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 value. He mentioned:
“(Chris) Morris (was purchased) particularly for his skill when it comes to the ball. His numbers throughout the IPL are excellent. And, in fact, he has acquired the power to get runs with the bat as properly. He has a particular function for us to play. Very proud of the way in which issues have gone.”
Admitting that the worth could seem a bit excessive, Sangakkara added:
“Sure, it was fairly a excessive value. However, on the similar time, the function within the crew, and the demand for that function, performs a big half in not simply our franchise however any facet on the lookout for their gamers.”
On getting one other all-rounder, Shivam Dube, at a value of INR 4.4 crore, the Sri Lankan acknowledged that his buy was with a view to “strengthen the middle-order”.
Rajasthan Royals struggled with the bat final 12 months regardless of having huge names like Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson of their line-up.
Other than Chris Morris and Dube, Rajasthan Royals additionally bought Bangladesh’s prolific left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman for his base value of INR 1 crore.
Chris Morris’ IPL report
Chris Morris was bought by RCB for INR 10 crore final 12 months. Nonetheless, he couldn’t play all of the matches as a consequence of damage.
Within the 9 video games that he featured in, the 33-year-old ended up choosing up a formidable 11 wickets at a strike fee of 17.27.
He didn’t get too many possibilities to bat, and scored 34 runs at a strike fee of 161.90. Chris Morris, although, has the power to strike huge hits if given an opportunity.
In his general IPL profession, Chris Morris has claimed 80 wickets in 70 matches at a strike fee of 18.42. With the bat, he has scored 551 runs, hanging at 157.87, with a better of 82 not out.
Printed 18 Feb 2021, 18:07 IST