Chris Morris may have thanked Bangalore Royal Challengers for dropping him from the team last month. The decision was taken by Virat Kohli’s team at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore, giving Morris the title of the most valuable player in IPL auction history. The Rajasthan Royals will now be bolstered by Morris Joffre Archer, who has been called up for Rs 16.25 crore.
Bangalore had to spend an additional Rs 5 crore for the decision to exclude Morris. Bangalore’s search for a replacement for Morris has paved the way for New Zealand’s Kyle Jaimison to reach the IPL for a whopping Rs 15 crore.
The all-rounders got the gold price when the teams came to the ‘balance’ of the playing XI in the mini auction. Morris’ number one position is backed by excellence that turns the game on its own with the bat and ball. Despite playing only nine matches last season due to injury, the teams were reluctant to allow the bowling all-rounder’s experience. At more than 140 kilometers per hour, he excelled both in the beginning of the innings and in the slog overs, and was quick to score runs in the finishing roll. The auction started at Rs 75 lakh and reached Rs 16.25 crore.
Morris’ economy rate (6.26 in powerplay and 7.03 in slog overs) was impressive for any team, although his performance in the previous league, which played in the shadow of injury, did not go down well. The Challengers had arrived in Rajasthan on a medical check-up for a 33-year-old man who had given up on fitness. Kumar Sangakkara, the new director of Rajasthan, was also part of the Abu Dhabi T10 team, which also helped Morris return to the Royals.
The 6-foot-8 Jaimyson made his IPL debut with a dreamy four – wicket haul of four wickets in six Tests. Despite playing only 38 matches so far, Jamie also holds the New Zealand record for best performance in a Twenty20 – 6 for 7. Not only the speed and bouncers, but also the batting prowess of Bangalore ‘Jaimie’ is worth Rs 15 crore. He has a batting average of 27.14 in T20I with a strike rate of 138.68.
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