South African pacer Chris Morris became the most expensive player in the history of the IPL when the Rajasthan Royals broke the bank to acquire his services for INR 16.25 Cr. His base price was INR 75 lakhs.
The previous most expensive player in the history of the IPL was Yuvraj Singh (Delhi) at INR 16 Cr followed by Australian Pat Cummins at 15.5 Cr for KKR.
Morris sparked off an intense bidding war at the IPL Player Auction in Chennai with his old employers Royal Challengers Bangalore looking to get him back at one point.
However, they dropped out of the bidding race as it inched closer to the INR 10 Cr mark which is when Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals escalated matters. The two teams had an intense bidding war and were joined by Punjab.
The three teams kept bidding and the conversations at the table became intense as well.
Eventually Mumbai dropped out of the race and Punjab and Royals raised the bar for the South African pacer, who had a good season last year with RCB but faced injury problems. (The Quint)