South African seam-bowling all-rounder Chris Morris has said he is “unbelievably happy and excited” at the prospect of joining his forming franchise Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming season of the IPL.
Morris was the talk of the town on auction day as he broke all the previously-held records to become the most expensive player to be bought at the auction table.
The South African all-rounder, who was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, caused a major bidding war as the likes of Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, and even his previous employer Royal Challengers Bangalore went hammer and tongs in order to claim his services.
Eventually, it was Rajasthan Royals who won the bidding war at a staggering amount of Rs 16.25 Crores. Morris broke Pat Cummins’ record to become the highest-earning foreigner cricketer and Yuvraj Singh’s record of being the most expensive signing in the auction.
This will be the second time that Chris Morris will be playing for the Rajasthan Royals. After having made his IPL debut for Chennai Super Kings during the 2013 season, the Proteas all-rounder represented the Jaipur-based franchise in 2015 where claimed 13 wickets in 11 games besides scoring 78 runs.
And, needless to say, that Chris Morris is looking forward to rejoining his former franchise, where he made a lot of good friends during his previous stint.
“I started my cricket career in 2015 with Rajasthan so unbelievably happy, unbelievably excited for a very good squad and joining up with Rajasthan again. This is a very good experience, made lots of friend, lots of teammates in those years and so excited to join after that many years. Yeah, it’s going to be a good one,” Chris Morris told Star Sports.
As far as his overall IPL record is concerned, Chris Morris has featured in 70 games in which he has claimed 80 wickets at an economy rate of 7.81 apart from scoring 551 runs at a strike-rate of 157.