IPL player auctions witnessed some major purchases this year and some were not worthy of it, with one of them being cricketer Chris Morris, according to former England captain Kevin Pietersen.
The cricketer, known for his straight forward attitude, candidly said that all-rounder Chris Morris bought for a whopping Rs. 16.25 crore by the Rajasthan Royals wasn’t worth that much money. With that figure, the RR brought Morris to their side, making him the highest-paid cricketer in the history of the Indian Premier League.
During a TV show, Pietersen, who left commentating for the IPL in 2020 to spend more time with his children, said, “This is going to sound harsh, but he (Morris) went for a lot more money than I would have ever paid for, to be completely honest.”
“I just don’t think that he’s worth that kind of number. I think there’s pressure on him,” he said on the Star Sports Live Feed Select Dugout show. “He’s not a first choice for the South African side. So, I think we’re expecting too much,” Pietersen added.
Kevin Pietersen was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2015 for Rs. 2 crore after playing for Delhi Daredevils in 2 seasons. He was dropped prior to the commencement of the tournament due to his injuries. Speaking about Morris and his potential, he said, “There’s too much talked about him. I don’t think he’s the kind of guy that’s going to consistently deliver.”
“I mean this with the greatest deal of respect. There’s nothing special about what he does, and if he does run-in, he’ll run-in for two games. And then he’ll go missing for a few games and it’s not the kind of thing that you should be seeing. He has the attributes,” the former IPL player added.
With not much to his name till now, Morris has fetched 48 runs from all the 4 matches he played till now with a strike rate of 154.83. He scored his highest, 36 not out off 18 balls, in his recent match against Delhi Capitals, which was RR’s first win this season.
The South African cricketer took 5 wickets in those matches with an average of 9.92 and a best of 2/33 as a bowler.