Chris Morris signs with Rajasthan Royals for record fee in IPL Auction
The Rajasthan Royals have added to their roster of international stars after snapping up Chris Morris in the Indian Premier League 2021 auction for a record fee.
The South African, signed for £1.6m, previously played for the Royals in 2015 and re-joins the franchise after spending last season with Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 33-year-old notably finished the 2019 Cricket World Cup as the leading wicket-taker for South Africa, with thirteen dismissals in eight matches.
Speaking about the move, Chris Morris said “I am so humbled to be joining Rajasthan again, I had one of the best times in my cricket career here. I am unbelievably happy and excited as we have a very good squad and I made lots of friend here all those years ago. I can’t wait to get going.”
Rajasthan Royals Lead Owner Manoj Badale expressed his delight at securing Morris, "I have always said the auction is a representation of what a player is valued by multiple franchises to fulfill a particular role. The fact so many teams all went very hard after Chris shows he is a special player with special abilities, particularly with his death bowling. We are very excited to have him back, let's hope he can live up to the price tag!"
Kumar Sangakkara, the recently appointed Director of Cricket at the Royals, added: “We were targeting a player for that middle order and Morris, both in terms of his ability with the ball, his numbers across the IPL are very good, and his ability to get runs with the bat means he has a specific role to play for us.
“We are very happy with the way things have gone, yes it was quite a high price, but at the same time the role in the team and the demand for that role plays a large part for any franchise.”
Meanwhile, English batsman Liam Livingstone will be putting on the Rajasthan Royals pink again for IPL 2021 alongside fellow England stars Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer after re-joining the franchise.
Livingstone, who represented the Royals in 2019 and was snapped up for 75 Lac to fill the franchise’s final overseas slot, will link up with the England T20 squad for their tour of India next month.
The Royals are appealing to England fans to join their ranks of supporters for the 2021 IPL season. In March 2019 the franchise became the first Indian Premier League team to launch an academy in the UK. ‘The Rajasthan Royals UK Academy’ at Reed’s School in Surrey provides opportunities for students to attend camps in India and gain insights from Indian experts, with four young cricketers making the trip to the team’s training camp in Nagpur in January last year.
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