Chris Morris bagged a staggering sum of Rs 16.25 crores which turned out to be the highest sum bagged by a cricketer in the glittering antiquity of IPL, beating the likes of Yuvraj Singh who commanded a price of Rs 16 crores when he was notched up by Delhi Capitals.
However, with the South African all-rounder bagging such an astronomical price tag, many folks weren’t really happy and highly skeptical of the same. Gautam Gambhir was one of them and made it very clear that why exactly Chris Morris shouldn’t have gone for such a staggering price.
According to Gambhir, Morris is way past his prime and with the lack of international or any competitive cricket at all, the x-factor in the all-rounder hasn’t really been visible. Gambhir also stated that Rajasthan Royals who bagged the South African international already had a fine all-rounder in Ben Stokes. If Morris would have been the replacement for Steven Smith who went to Delhi Capitals earlier for Rs 2.2 crores, it is still to be comprehended.
Gambhir also pointed out that Morris will have to play the entire tournament in the first place in order to justify his price tag. In the preceding edition of the IPL, he could only play seven games which will not serve as justification to underline the amount that he is going to bag in this year’s auction.
However, Akash Chopra lent a word of support to the medium-fast bowler as he said that he will act as good support to Jofra Archer in the middle of the innings considering his prowess to wring out a few economic overs in the middle.
Morris had a decent IPL in 2020 and was one of RCB’s vital cogs in their journey to the eliminators. However, RCB wasn’t really intrigued by the prospect to use him for the upcoming IPL and released him for the other teams to fight amongst themselves.