IPL 2021: RR COO reveals why they paid Chris Morris Rs 16.25 cr; Check out- Chris Morris became the most expensive player of the Indian Premier League at Rs 16.25 crore at the IPL 2021 auction thanks to Rajasthan Royals. The windfall of cash on a player who has not been successful in the tournament raised questions but Royals COO Jake Lush McCrum justified saying Morris was always on their radar.
The fact that the South African all-rounder scored just 34 runs and scalped 11 wickets in nine matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2020 and was promptly released ahead of the auction, RR’s strategy was a difficult one to understand.
While most consider Morris as an all-rounder for his power-hitting abilities, it is not his batting that Royals took into account. It was his bowling at the death that impressed Rajasthan who were already struggling in that regard. Morris’ economy of 6.63 in the IPL 2020 was a factor that Royals broke their banks for. McCrum said he would add to Royals’ bowling depth in death overs alongside Jofra Archer and Kartik Tyagi.
“He is extremely experienced and will add to our bowling depth, especially at the death alongside the likes of Jofra Archer and Kartik Tyagi. Morris does indeed add greater potency to our death bowling which was a weakness last year. He had some fantastic numbers at the death in the last IPL and has bags of IPL experience, something that will be great for us as a squad. Down the order with the bat, he can win you matches too, with his powerful hitting,” McCrum said.
Royals did not just make headlines with their Rs 16.25 crore for Morris bid but also for their decision to release Steve Smith, arguably one of the best batsmen of the generation. Instead of Smith, Kerala batsman Sanju Samson was named the skipper for the 2021 edition. McCrum said it was the franchise’s decision to build the team around Samson.
“For all of us, it was a unanimous decision on Sanju. He has the natural leadership qualities required, understands the Royals way, and is someone we want to build our team around,” he said.