Almost a month ago, Chris Morris, a player who can contribute to both divisions, was shown the exit door by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as the franchise published its list of retained and released players.
Even Morris, in his wildest dreams, must not have thought of becoming a hot property, breaking records, and becoming a million-dollar baby in IPL 2021 Auction in Chennai. This was not the first time Morris had forced IPL franchises to break into their bank. In 2018, Morris went for INR 11 crowns before Bangalore’s clothing grabbed him for INR 10 crowns in 2020. He hit the jackpot again in 2021, raging bidding war between franchises before the Rajasthan Royals took him for stunning 16 crowns, enough to raise a few eyebrows.
In an otherwise tasteless season for RCB in the UAE, Morris managed to take 11 goals in 9 games with a saving of 6.63. Morris’ ability to bowling with Joffra Archer and provide vital cameoes with the bat worked in his favor, and the Royals threw him 16.25 kroner.
Rajasthan Royals’ Cricket Director, Kumar Sangakara, tried to explain the team’s decision to go to Morris, saying: “We are also happy to take Chris Morris with us just for what he carries on the side, both with the bat and and with the ball. Especially with the ball, his IPL numbers are really good and his ability to end bat matches is useful. “
“We also have AJ (Andrew) Tye, Mustifizur (Rehman) and then we have young Indian quicks to support that, so that gives us a few more combinations that we can play in that he (Morris) is was crucial, “Sangakkara further said of the Royals ‘rationale behind Morris’ choice.
Making money from IPL auctioneers is nothing more than gambling. While some steal buys like Jasprit bumrah and Hardik Pandya have become world-class players, some million-dollar purchases have gone down the drain. After a disappointing season and an inability to justify their price, several players faced serious heat on social media. After all, franchisees also tend to give up such players.
Here are four such players:
Yuvraj Singh (2015 – 16 Cr)
Universal India Yuvraj Singh was bought for the incredible INR 16 kr. From Delhi Capitals (Delhi Daredevils then) before IPL 2015. Contrary to expectations, Yuvraj managed to realize only 248 tracks in 14 games with an average of only 19, disappointing fans with a series of ridiculous performances.
On the bowling front, he managed to grab only one door and was released from the franchise before the next season. Yuvraj was the most expensive player in the IPL auction before Morris broke his record on Thursday.
Pat Cummins (2020 – 15 Cr)
Australian Pat Cummins, with a base price of INR 2 crores, was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs. 15.5 crores in IPL 2020. Kolkata’s clothing smashed a hefty sum for Cummins, as the speed wheel became the most expensive international purchase in the history of IPL, breaking the price of Ben Stokes by 14.5 kroner.
However, Cummins failed to meet his price as he put on a grim show in the UAE. The most expensive foreign purchase took 12 tickets in 14 matches, four of which came in one match. Many would have hoped for a better performance than Cummins, but he did not look like the bowler who is on the international stage.
Jade’s uncut (2018 – 11.5 Cr)
Unadkat is one of the few bowling players who have gone overbought in IPL auctions. In 2018, Unadkat was the most expensive purchase in India, winning a staggering 11.5 kroner deal from INR from Rajasthan Royals. The Chennai Super Kings were also interested in signing him before the Royals grabbed him.
Entering the tournament and delivering with a solid price is not an easy task. This happened with Saurashtra’s step. Unadkat managed to pick only 11 wickets at an economic rate of 9.47. He was not even in the Top 25 on the list of leading wicket players.
Glenn Maxwell (2020 – 10.75 Cr)
It is not uncommon to find Maxwell’s name on the list of players who go for millions in the auction. The Australian station wagon, bought for INR 10.75 crores from Kings XI Punjab, was named as one of the biggest failures in the 13th season of the IPL.
Known for his great power, Maxwell had a disappointing last season in the UAE, where he managed to score only 108 runs. He had a grim average of 15.52 and a strike rate below face value of 101.88 in 13 games, ending his abyss IPL 2020 campaign without hitting a single six. Maxwell’s grim show in the UAE did not prevent its value at the IPL 2021 auction, as Royal Challengers Bangalore bought an Australian wagon for a whopping 14.25 crowns. It also became the second highest foreign purchase in the history of the tournament.
In the end, it all comes down to which player lives to the noise of being sold for a huge sum. Last season it was Maxwell and Cummins; and this year all eyes will probably be on Maurice to justify his confusing price.
The 33-year-old South African, in his unnoticed work with RCB in the UAE, had an economy of 6.63, just behind Josh Hazlewood (6.40) and Joffra Archer (6.55) in the list of overseas rhythms. Add a little firepower to that of Morris, which can become a valuable asset to the Royals, complementing Archer in deaths and throwing himself with Ben Stokes in crisis situations. As Morris looks to leave a blow at the Royals camp, Maxwell will lick his lips for another chance at the IPL.