Chris Morris has become the most expensive player in the history of the IPL today, and in doing so, raised doubts in many cricket fans.
Morris was sold for a whopping Rs 16.25 crore to Rajasthan Royals, a figure worth approximately £1.61 million. In 2016, Yuvraj Singh was sold for Rs 16 crore Yuvraj after making an IPL record. The previous record was held by Pat Cummins who was sold for Rs 15.5 crore in 2020 to KKR.
But how Morris become so fouvorite woth even Mumbai Indians bidding for him.
The answer to this is the scarcosity of pace bowling options. In Indian Team, there is no dearth of spin bowling and outstanding spin bowling but when it comes to pace bowling, there is still scope of lot of improvement.
Thus, as the franchise is allowed to pick only 4 overseas players in their squad, they would try and get one in the area where Indian cricketers lack.
Not only are overseas quicks in high demand, but there aren’t that many proven international fast bowlers going around available at the auction. Going through the list of overseas players available at the auction, only a handful can really claim to be proven, elite T20 bowlers; far less experienced overseas quicks than Morris commanded similarly eye-watering fees today.
Morris enjoyed a quietly excellent tournament in 2020; Jofra Archer was the only fast bowler to take more wickets and have a lower economy rate than Morris in the tournament.
When you factor that in with Morris’ ability with the bat, the move makes even more sense. Morris is a destructive lower-order hitter whose career IPL strike-rate of 157.87 is one of the best going – only six players who have faced 125 or more deliveries in the tournament have a higher strike-rate. While the eventual fee that Morris went for might be somewhat of a surprise, there was plenty of logic in the bidding war that ensued prior to his purchase.