Guwahati, Feb 18: South African all-rounder Chris Morris has become the most expensive buy in the history of auction in Indian Premier League (IPL) as he was sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 16.25 crore. Before Morris, Yuvraj Singh, at Rs 16 crore, was the most expensive buy in IPL history.
Morris who came in to the auction at a base price of Rs. 75 lakh, broke all bidding records at the IPL auction as teams desperately went after him. The most expensive overseas buy before Morris was Pat Cummins, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of IPL 2020 for Rs. 15.5 crore.
Morris, a right-arm fast bowler and a lower-order hard-hitting batsman, has played 70 IPL games so far in the league and has scored 551 runs at 23.95 and a strike rate of 157.87.
With the ball, Morris has 80 wickets to his credit at 23.98 and an economy rate of 7.81 runs per over.
A seasoned professional for South Africa, "Tipo" Morris made his international debut in 2012 in a T20I against New Zealand. Since then he has featured in 23 T20Is and has 133 runs and 34 wickets to show.
The 33-year-old has played 218 T20s overall and scored 1764 runs at 21 and a strike rate of 151.02. He has also picked up 270 wickets at 22.09 and an economy rate of 7.76 runs per over.