South African All-rounder retires from Cricket

Chris Morris announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect on Tuesday, January 11. While announcing his decision to retire from international cricket after a 12-year career, the 34-year-old said he would join provincial team Titans as a coach.

Morris has played an important role for the South African cricket team in the past. South Africa’s all-rounder has made 69 appearances for the Proteas in all formats and has 94 wickets to his name. 

Morris was recognised for his hard-hitting ability as a lower-order batsman, but the right-hander struggled with the willow for the national squad, managing only 774 international runs.

On his Instagram post, Morris mentioned, “Thanks to all who have played a part in my journey whether it be big or small… it’s been a fun ride.” 

●   Highest-paid international cricketer of IPL 

During the IPL 2021 auction, Chris Morris was thrust into the spotlight. Rajasthan Royals paid Rs 16.25 crore for the South African pacer. This was the largest money ever paid for an international player in the tournament’s history. 

It was also the largest contract ever signed by any player in the IPL’s history. Morris’ price tag of Rs 16.25 has made him one of the most expensive players in the IPL, outside of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and MS Dhoni.

●   A pretty good career 

Chris Morris made his debut in international cricket when he performed brilliantly for the Lions franchise in the 2012 Champions League T20. Morris took six wickets in six games at a strike rate of 21 and an economy rate of 7.6. In his playing days, his pace and ability to nail the yorkers at the death made him a favourite of IPL franchises.

He began his career with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, then moved to the Chennai Super Kings before joining the Delhi Capitals. Morris had a successful season with MS Dhoni’s club in the IPL in 2013. Morris hit 82 from 32 balls in the 2016 version of the competition, with four boundaries and eight sixes.

Morris had a reputation for finishing games on the international stage. His finishing talents shone out in the 2016/17 ODI series against England. Morris led his side over on two occasions to demonstrate his finishing prowess. Morris was unable to participate in the 2015/16 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand owing to injuries.

He was not selected for the 2019 ICC World Cup, but Anrich Nortje’s injury provided him with an opportunity. Morris had a strong showing at the World Cup. On the other hand, South Africa was eliminated in the first round. He had his greatest performance against New Zealand at Edgbaston, where he grabbed three wickets. 

Morris has only appeared in four Test matches, but he has taken 12 wickets at an average of 38.25 in those games. In addition, the all-rounder has 48 ODI wickets at an average of 36.58 from 42 matches. At an average of 20.50, the South African took 34 wickets in 23 T20Is. Morris, who was well-known in T20 leagues all over the world, appeared in 234 T20s and took 290 wickets at an economy rate of 7.78 and a strike rate of 150.04 in his career. 

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