South Africa's Chris Morris has been bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25 Crore, while Australia’s swashbuckling batting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs 14.25 crore. Live Auction Updates | News
At Rs 16.25 crore, Morris is now the most expensive player beating Yuvraj Singh who was sold for 16 crore.
A bidding war between RCB and Chennai Super Kings for Maxwell, who had a base price of Rs 2 crore, saw his price tag jump to over Rs 14 crore. In the end deep pockets of RCB, who had a total purse of 35.4 crores, did the trick for Virat Kohli-led side.
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Maxwell had a wretched IPL in UAE. His timing was off and he was massively short on luck too.
Maxwell came close to the record Pat Cummins price tag of 15.50 crore but fell just short.
But by the time Maxwell landed back home and got ready for India’s tour of Australia, the all-rounder had found his form back.
And Indian bowlers faced the brunt, followed by BBL bowlers wherein Maxwell scored 379 runs in 14 matches playing for Melbourne Stars.
But runs were not enough to impress his franchisee Punjab Kings (aka Kings XI Punjab) who decided to move on and release the player in January this year. Fans can now look forward to more fireworks in Bengaluru as Maxwell is likely to team up with AB de Villiers to make a potent combo.
Maxwell has a strike rake of 152.05 in T20s and has 108 wickets from 301 matches.