South African all-rounder Chris Morris became the most expensive buy in the history of Indian Premier League after he was sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25 crore. This is the most expensive bargain in the history of the tournament. Earlier to Moris, Yuvraj Singh was auctioned for Rs 16 crore, which was the highest buy-in IPL history. Morris bid started with a base price of Rs 75 lakh but gradually broke all records as the bidders went frantically after him. Pat Cummins was the costliest overseas buy before Morris, who was then bought by Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of IPL 2020 for Rs. 15.5 crore.
Morris, a right-arm fast bowler and a lower-order hitter, so far has played 70 IPL games in the league, securing 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.
Since his debut in international cricket in 2012, Morris has played 218 T20s overall and scored 1764 runs at 21 and a strike rate of 151.02 and for balls, he has picked up 270 wickets at 22.09 and an economy rate of 7.76 runs per over.
Meanwhile, Glen Maxwell went to RCB for Rs 14.25 crore.
The players' auction for Indian Premier League 2021 began on Thursday, with 292 cricketers up for grabs. Eight teams will bid to build their teams for the T20 cricket extravaganza this year.