IPL Auction: Chris Morris was costly but “glad to get him” at Rajasthan Royals, says Kumar Sangakkara

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Rajasthan Royals have bought Chris Morris with a whopping 16.25 crore on Thursday and with this, he became the most expensive player at an IPL auction in the history of the league. However, the franchise’s Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara has agreed that though the price was high, he was happy to have the experienced all-rounder for his ability to finish the games with the bat a well as the ball.

 

It is also noteworthy that, Morris entered with a base price of Rs 75 lakh where Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) both have bid for him before Rajasthan Royals sealed the deal as well. Notably, RCB pulled out of themselves at Rs 10 crore. And, with this, he smashed the record of Yuvraj Singh by Delhi Daredevils in 2015 when they had bought him for Rs 16 crore.

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“We’re also glad to get Chris Morris with us simply for what he brings to the side, both with the bat and ball. With the ball especially, his numbers across the IPLs are really good and his ability to finish games with the bat down the order is useful,” said Kumar Sangakkara. “Yes the price was on the higher side, but we’re looking for a very specific role with Chris and really happy to have someone like him in our squad.”

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals have bought the India all-rounder Shivam Dube for Rs 4.4 crore as well. And, the former Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara has said that the team was looking for someone like Shivam to strengthen their middle-order as well.

“It was an exciting auction. From our point of view we were targeting certain players and we’re happy to get our targets. We were looking at Shivam Dube for that middle-order spot in our batting line-up and finally got him,” said Sangakkara.

“We’re excited to have picked up some talented Indian youngsters, all of whom add different dimensions to our squad. As a team, we’re delighted with the targets we were able to get and looking forward to working with the squad during the IPL now,” he further added.

Meanwhile, the team has also bought Bangladesh left-arm pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman to their fast-bowling department at his base price of Rs. 1 crore. Mustafizur brings in big international and IPL championship experience with him to the Royals squad. However, they also bought Chetan Sakariya, the left-armer for Rs 1.20 crore as well.

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