Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull was not at all impressed with Royal Challengers Bangalore’s heavy spending for Chris Morris. Allrounders have traditionally been the biggest attraction in the Indian Premier League auctions and Morris proved it once again as a number of teams went all out to secure his services.
Royal Challengers Bangalore saw off competition from Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians to sign the South Africa allrounder for INR 10 crore. Morris was retained by the Delhi Capitals ahead of the 2018 auction for INR 11 crore and released this year after two below par season at the Feroz Shah Kotla. His recent struggles with the ball and poor fitness would have further prompted Delhi to release him.
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Before the auction, Chris Morris had an underwhelming outing in the Mzansi Super League. He managed to pick up only 10 wickets from 11 games at an economy of 8.20 and scored 122 runs at a strike-rate of 176. Royal Challengers, meanwhile, will be the fourth IPL team for Chris Morris. He has previously played for Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
While Chris Morris has time and again showed in the IPL that he is one of the best T20 allrounders in the game, his recent displays have left a lot to be desired. And perhaps that is why Simon Doull blasted Royal Challengers Bangalore for buying Morris for 10 crore. He criticised the knowledge of most of the IPL franchises while also expressing his surprise over Chris Woakes being sold at his base price of INR 1.5 crore.
“Staggering to see the lack of knowledge in the bidding right now on @StarSportsIndia apart from @DelhiCapitals. Woakes a bargain and now stupid money for Morris. What’s going on..?,” wrote Doull.
Staggering to see the lack of knowledge in the bidding right now on @StarSportsIndia apart from @DelhiCapitals Woakes a bargain and now stupid money for Morris. What’s going on..? @cricbuzz @bhogleharsha
— Simon Doull (@Sdoull) December 19, 2019