Since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the world has witnessed franchises splurging their cash on overseas players. Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are known for spending a hefty sum on their players, acquired the services of Chris Morris in a move that seemed surprising for many fans.
The South African all-rounder was snapped up by Bangalore for an astounding sum of 10 Cr INR. With a base price of 1.5 Cr INR, Morris’ bid was initiated by Rajasthan Royals. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab initiated a bidding war to soar the bid to 8 crores INR until Mumbai Indians threw their hat into the ring. In a tussle between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Morris was eventually bought by Bangalore by a whopping amount of 10 crores INR.
Morris has emerged as the fourth overseas players in RCB’s squad. The Virat Kohli-led side had the likes of AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali as their overseas players. Furthermore, Bangalore were also successful to bag Aaron Finch in the IPL 2020 Auction. The Australian was bought by RCB for a hefty sum of 4.40 crores INR.
Chris Morris was a part of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in MSL 2019
RCB had released as many as 12 players ahead of the IPL 2020 auction. With six overseas slots to fill, RCB has succeeded in bolstering their squad with the inclusion of two impressive players: Aaron Finch and Chris Morris. The Reds had 27.90 crores INR in their purse before the start of the auction. After splurging on Finch and Morris, RCB still have a considerable amount left in their purse (13.50 Cr)–the sum which they are expected to utilize in acquiring quality bowlers too.
Morris can also be a handy batsman for RCB down the order. Moreover, the pacer can also clock 140 kmph to decimate the opposition’s batting attack. The 32-year-old was last seen playing for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in MSL 2019. Morris has previously donned the jersey for Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. In 23 T20Is, Morris has 34 scalps to his name including a four-wicket haul. He is expected to be a great addition to RCB’s bowling unit- which has often been censured for leaking runs at crucial stages.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Spending 10C on Chris Morris?
You’ll never learn, guys!
What a shocker by RCB! #IPLAuction2020
— Arjun Ashok (@arj_90) December 19, 2019
RCB buys chris morris for 10crores🙄😲#IPLAuction2020
— 𝐌𝐚𝐚𝐲𝐨𝐧💫🕴️ᴿᵃʸᵃᵖᵖᵃⁿ (@itz_satheesh) December 19, 2019
Chris Morris 10 crs to RCB 😤
Same old story again 🙏
— Thala Ajith | Valimai (@Dinu_Tweetz) December 19, 2019
Chris Morris' signing means RCB now have four overseas signings. Finch, AB & Moeen the others. #IPLAuction2020
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) December 19, 2019
— Farzan Patel (@FarzanPatel3) December 19, 2019
— Arjun Chaudhuri (@arjunchaudhuri) December 19, 2019
— palvancha Hari Hara Sai (@hariharasai3) December 19, 2019
Obviously Chris Morris did something at DC we all missed.#IPL2020Auction
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) December 19, 2019
— Virat Kohli Trends™🔥 (@TrendVirat) December 19, 2019
Too Much For Chris Morris As Well. #IPL2020Auction
— R A T N I $ H (@LoyalSachinFan) December 19, 2019
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 19, 2019
His fastest 50 In IPL Is In 17 balls
Chris Morris sold to RCB For 10cr 😮#IPL2020Auction
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) December 19, 2019
chris morris is used to winning auctions #IPLAuction2020
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 19, 2019
chris Morris 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Golden🦆 (@JV_208) December 19, 2019
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) December 19, 2019
— AYUSH (@ayush_22yards) December 19, 2019
— VinothAlbert (@vinothalbert) December 19, 2019
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