Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings’ bidding war for South African all-rounder Chris Morris at the IPL 2021 auction on Thursday piqued interest. Having signed Morris for a whopping Rs 16.25 crore, Rajasthan Royals’ director of cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, explained the rationale behind the franchise’s record acquisition.

“Morris has a very specific role for us to play in supporting Archer. He gives a lot of flexibility in the way we use Archer. Morris’ numbers – when he has been fit and strong – have been some of the best in the IPL. Especially in death overs, his numbers have been probably at No.1, and in terms of game impact, he is very much in that top bracket,” Sangakkara said in a media interaction on Friday.

“His ability in that sense is crucial for us, and it frees us to kind of think of how to use Archer in other ways. We have AJ (Andrew) Tye, Mustafizur (Rahman) and…

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