Rajasthan Royals ‘director of cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, stated that Chris Morris’ proven skills in South Africa and his IPL record made the franchise bid for him at a record price, and Chris Morris became the most expensive purchase in the IPL auction, beating the record of Yuvraj Singh, who It was purchased by Delhi Capitals for 16 crore INR. Morris entered the 2021 IPL Auction with a base price of INR 75 after it was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) prior to the mini auction. Sangakkara posted on Rajasthan Royals’ official Twitter account, and detailed why the franchise went to the multi-skilled veteran at such a high price. He said, “(Chris) Morris (bought) especially for his ball ability. His numbers via IPL are very good. Of course, he has the ability to run with bats as well. He has a specific role for us to play. Very happy with the way things have gone.” Sangakara acknowledged. That the price might seem a little high, he added, “Yes, it was a very high price. But, at the same time, the role in the team and the demand for this role play a big role not only in our franchise but which side is looking for its players.” Upon acquiring another multi-skilled player, Shivam Dube, at a price of INR 4.4 crore, the Sri Lankan stated that his purchase was with the aim of “strengthening the medium order”. The Rajasthan Royals have struggled with bats last year despite having big names like Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Sanjo Samson in their line-up. Aside from Chris Morris and Dube, Rajasthan Royals also bought prolific left-arm tailor in Bangladesh Mustafa Yazur Rahman for its base price of INR 1 crore. Chris Morris’ IPL record was bought from Chris Morris by RCB for INR 10 crore last year. However, he was unable to play all matches due to injury, in the nine matches he participated in, the 33-year-old ended up scoring 11 wickets with an average of 17.27 points, and he didn’t get many chances. For a racket, and he scored 34 shots with a stroke rate of 161.90. Chris Morris, though, has the potential to go wild if given the chance. In his overall football career, Chris Morris scored 80 wickets in 70 matches, with an average of 18.42. With the bat, he scored 551 points, and scored 157.87, with a best of 82 points. Posted February 18, 2021, 18:07 IST.