M=Millions=Morris & Maxi

South African all-rounders becomes most expensive IPL player ever as he joins Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25 crore; Maxi finds new home in RCB

All-rounders and foreign fast bowlers fetched the big bucks at this year’s Indian Premier Leaguge players’ auction where South Africa’s Chris Morris clinched a record-breaking Rs 16.25 crore deal with Rajasthan Royals while Aussie pacer Jhye Richardson went to Punjab Kings for Rs 14 crore.

A total of 57 players were signed up by teams, with 22 of those overseas.

Among Indians, uncapped Karnataka player Krishnappa Gowtham (Rs 9.25 crore) also invited a bank-breaking bid from Chennai Super Kings.

South Africa all-rounder Morris became the most expensive player signed in IPL auctions when Rajasthan Royals paid Rs 16.25 crore for him.

Taking centre stage in a high-spending auction for this year’s tournament, the fee eclipsed the record bid paid for Yuvraj Singh by Delhi in 2015 (Rs 16 crore).

Australian bowler Pat Cummins (Rs 15.5 crore) had previously been the most expensive foreign player.

Spin bowling all-rounder Gowtham was bought for a record Rs 9.25 crore by the CSK, the most paid for an uncapped Indian player. The 32-year-old is currently with the Indian team as a net bowler for the ongoing Test series against England.

Tamil Nadu’s Shahrukh Khan expectedly got a handsome Rs 5.25 crore deal from Punjab Kings, more than 51 times his base price of Rs 20 lakh. Shahrukh has been in the limelight with his exploits in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Friday, 19 February 2021 | PNS | New Delhi

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