The IPL 2020 Auction is currently underway and the bidding wars are getting fierce. Already, the likes of Eoin Morgan, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, and Sam Curran were sold for ridiculous amounts. Now, it is the turn of Chris Morris to get under the chopping block, and there is another bidding war brewing over the South African.
The likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians squabbled for him. In the end, RCB won the war and snatched Chris Morris up for 10 crores. This puts him as the third highest player in the opening pool.
Morris had a strong run in the IPL with 13 wickets bagged in nine matches at a rate of 23.53. To further increase his value, during the Vitality Blast he scalped 12 wickets in 11 matches at 24.75.
This also includes 10 in the Mzansi Super League, so RCB are seriously aiming for a prime wicket-taker. It is believed that he has taken more T20 wickets in 2019 than in any other calendar year in his career.
Morris has been considered a death bowling specialist for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the MSL. However, it is worth mentioning that Morris has always attracted a high amount from bidders, even though he has been on and off the playing XI for South Africa.
Admittedly, he may not have the same impact as he used to have in his younger days. It is also fairly clear that RCB paid for his reputation not on his performance. He is still not the right fit for RCB since they need a world class bowler with death bowling skills.
All these years, Bangalore has relied on its batting prowess, but has been vulnerable in the bowling. With Chris Morris past his prime, is he really the right choice or is he just there to make up the numbers.