Cricket IPL: Morris  becomes most expensive overseas player, K.Gowatham and Shahrukh Khan also get multi-million deals

By Harpal Singh Bedi

Cricket IPL: Morris  becomes the most expensive overseas player, K.Gowatham and Shahrukh Khan also get multi-million deals
Cricket IPL: Morris /New  Delhi, 19 February: South African allrounder  Chris Morris created history as he , became the IPL’s most expensive overseas player ever signed at an auction after  Rajasthan Royals bought him  for Rs 16.25 crore ($2.2 million).
Before Morris, the most expensive IPL player’s tag was held by  Yuvraj Singh (Rs 16 crore in 2015) followed by , Pat Cummins (Rs 15.5 crore in 2020) and Ben Stokes (Rs 14.5 crore in 2017) ,
The Chenai Super Kings  signed Karnataka’s offspin-bowling allrounder K Gowtham for Rs 9.25 crore, the highest amount paid for an uncapped player Interestingly, the Super Kings also roped in Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara for Rs 50 lakhs.
 Tamil Nadu finisher Shahrukh Khan,  was picked up by Punjab Kings,  for Rs 5.25 crore, more than 51 times his base price of Rs 20 lakh. Allrounder Shivam Dube was bought by  the Royals for  Rs 4.4 crore.
Australia’s Glenn MaxwellJhye Richardson  Riley Meredith and New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieso  also bagged multi-million dollar .
The Royal Challengers picked Maxwell up for Rs 14,25 Cr ( $1.95 million) and Jamieson for Rs  15 crore ( $2 million), while Punjab Kings bought  Richardson for Rs 14 crore ( $1.91 million) and Meredith for Rs 8 crore ( $1.09 million ).
Punjab Kings got  England’s Moeen Ali for Rs 7 crore. . The last time Pujara played any form of T20 cricket was in March 2019, for Saurashtra in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.



Punjab Kings also tried to secure Shakib Al Hasan for Rs 2.6 crore, but Bangladesh’s premier allrounder was eventually sold for Rs 3.2 crore to his former team at the Knight Riders, with who he won the title in both 2012 as well as 2014.

Punjab Kings also  got the England opener and the top-ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan for his base price of Rs 1.5 crore. .


Mumbai, the most successful IPL team and two-time defending champions, signed Adam Milne (Rs 3.20 crore), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Rs 5 crore) Piyush Chawla (Rs 2.40 crore) and  New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne for Rs 3.2 crore, more than six times his base price of Rs 50 lakh. and lastly they bought Arjun Tendulkar for Rs 20 -Lakh


Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hassan and spinner Harbhajan Singh  were bought for by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 3.2 crore and Rs 2 crore  respectively while Australian batsman Steve Smith (base price: Rs.2 crore) was picked for Rs 2.2 crore by Delhi Capitals.



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