Chris Morris. (Gallo pictures)
The Indian Premier League (IPL) continues to be a source of immense wealth for Chris Morris.
The 33-year-old all-rounder Proteas once again waved on Thursday, becoming the most expensive player in the history of the tournament after he was sold at the last auction for an incredible 2.25 million dollars.
At the current exchange rate, that is about R32.7 million.
Rajasthan Royals, who previously won it for the 2015 tournament, left the winning bid after an intense price war.
Morris was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after last year’s release and his previous franchise apparently tried to get him back at a discounted price.
But they did not pay for the Mumbai Indians to start a war for him.
Once the RCB withdrew, the Royals got into a fight and had to prevent the late offer of King KSI Punjab to disembark his man.
Jake Lush McCrum, the franchise’s chief executive, revealed afterwards that their purchase was more than enjoyable.
“We talked to Chris before the auction, we did a complete medical examination. We did an in-depth analysis, he is a former Royal who can handle such a price,” he said.
“A quality bowler through all phases of the game can also beat us in bats. We stretched, that was our last offer, luckily Kings KSI abstained. I’m glad we got him back with the Royals.”
Morris has not appeared in South Africa since the 2019 World Cup campaign and is currently part of the Titan team for the CSA T20 Challenge.
At the time of writing, no other South African has yet gone under the hammer.