Chris Morris has become the costliest player in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) auction after he was bought by Rajasthan Royals Rs 16.25 crore.
The 33-year-old South-African all-rounder was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore after the IPL 2020 season.
In 2015 after having being bought by Delhi Daredevils at 16 crore rupees, Yuvraj Singh was the costliest-ever buy in auction history. Following the former India all-rounder are Pat Cummins (Rs 15.5 crore, 2020) and Ben Stokes (14.5 crore, 2017).
Morris has played 70 IPL matches for 80 wickets at an economy of 7.81, apart from 551 runs at a strike rate above 157.
On the other hand, IPL’s perennial under-performer Glenn Maxwell once again fetched big money at the auction with Royal Challengers Bangalore bidding a whopping Rs 14.25 crore to secure his services.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali also went for a high price of Rs 7 crore to Chennai Super Kings. Both 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.