South African all-rounder Chris Morris broke records and banks after he became the most expensive player in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction after he was bought for INR 16.24 crores by the Rajasthan Royals.
Morris had been released by Royal Challengers Bangalore before the IPL 2021 auction after a below-par performance in the IPL 2020 which was played in UAE in September-November. Chris Morris had priced himself at INR 2 crores at the IPL 2021 auction and was expecting to get a gig.
I Was Never Expecting It, Says Chris Morris
Chris Morris faced the media for the very first time after his record-breaking bid by Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2021 auction. He said that he was just happy he was bought in the auction, but the price he got was something unexpected.
“That came as a very big surprise‚ I was never expecting it. I’m just happy to get a gig to be honest. To be back in the IPL is special and whatever happens‚ I just want to play. The nice thing about the auction as players is that it is absolutely out of our control. It’s an absolute lottery. Whatever happens you have got no control over it,” said Morris to reporters as he prepared for a training session with the Titans.
He had already gotten an INR 10 crore bid from Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2020 auction, but with his massive bid in the IPL 2021 auction, he broke the all-time record which was previously held by Yuvraj Singh, who had gotten a bid of INR 16 crores from Delhi Capitals.
They (Rajasthan Royals) Are An Unbelievably Well-Run Franchise: Chris Morris
This will be the second time Chris Morris will play for Rajasthan Royals, as he had made his IPL debut for the franchise. He said that he was fortunate he was having a second stint with the 2008 IPL winners.
“In 2015 I had a really good time with them. I enjoyed the owners and I enjoyed the staff. Even though I have not been with them for a long time‚ every time I see them it’s big hugs and chats and to see how everyone is doing.
Hopefully I stay on the field for all the games. There will be a little bit of added pressure and that is natural‚ but as I said I’m fortunate that I have been part of this franchise before and I know what I am walking into. It’s an exciting year for us,” he added.