Chris Morris becomes most expensive player in IPL history with Rs 16.5 cr

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Chris Morris is now the most expensive player in IPL history. File photo.

Chris Morris is now the most expensive player in IPL history. The South African all-rounder, Chris Morris, is sold to RR for 16.5 crore. He broke Yuvraj Singh’s record of 16 crore.

A total of 292 players are enlisted for the shortened auctions. And out of them, 164 are Indians and 125 overseas. There will also be three associate players in the auction.

Maxwell sold to RCB for 14.25 crore, while Moeen Ali sold to CSK for 7 crore, and Shivam Dube to RR for 4.4 crore.

Former CSK man Kedar Jadhav finds no takers at 2 crore.

Steve Smith has his base price at 2 crore. And we have our first bidding war of the day! RCB bid for him. 2 crore they bid. DC enter the fray. 2.2 crore. And that is the end of a very short war!

With 61 slots across eight franchises up for grabs, Royal Challengers Bangalore has the maximum, 11 vacancies, to fill with a purse of Rs 35.4 crore while Sunrisers Hyderabad has only three slots available with Rs 10.75 crore in its kitty.

The highest purse available is with Anil Kumble-coached ‘Punjab Kings’, formerly Kings XI Punjab, which has Rs 53.20 crore for spending on nine spots.

With the IPL back in India after being held in the UAE last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus will be on big-hitters as well as slow bowlers.

Unsold players

Evin Lewis, Aaron FInch and Hanuma Vihari are the last players from this set and all of them go unsold. Only Steve Smith sold from the first set. Of course, all these players will be picked up in subsequent rounds.

India and Karnataka batsman Karun Nair is first up. He has set his base price at INR 50 lakh. And he is UNSOLD. Here are the players, who will be auctioned in the first set: Aaron Finch, Alex Hales, Evin Lewis, Karun Nair, Jason Roy, Steve Smith and Hanuma Vihari. Smith and Roy are in the top bracket, listing their base prices at INR 2 crore.

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