Chris Morris retires from cricket at 34

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Morris has represented South Africa 69 times in all formats, taking 94 international counters in total

All-round South African player Chris Morris has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. While declaring his decision to hang up his boots after a 12-year career, Morris, 34, also said he will take on a coaching role with the South African Titans’ national team.
“Thank you to everyone who played a role in my trip, whether big or small… it was a fun ride! Morris’s instagram caption read.

Morris last represented South Africa at the 2019 ODI World Cup, a tournament where he was South Africa’s biggest wicket-taker. He has appeared 69 times for his country in all three formats, taking 94 wickets in total.

A versatile bowler who often sent the speedgun in excess of 140 km / h, Morris was also a low-order hard hitter. Morris made his international debut in a T20I in December 2012, and an ODI debut followed next year, in June 2013. He had to wait for his test debut, however, eventually winning the first of his four test caps in January. 2016.

Morris’s versatile skills meant he was in high demand in the T20 leagues, earning high salaries, especially in IPL auctions. He had only played one T20I when Chennai Super Kings offered US $ 625,000 for him, more than 31 times his base price of US $ 20,000. In the 2016 IPL auction, Delhi Daredevils bought it for INR 7 crore (approximately $ 1.04 million). Then, in the IPL 2020 auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore offered INR 10 crore for him (around $ 1.4 million).

Finally, in the IPL 2021 auction, Rajasthan Royals broke the bank for him by offering 16.25 crore INR for him (around $ 2.24 million). The Royals’ bid in 2021 made Morris the most expensive player to go under the hammer in IPL auctions to date, despite not being the highest paid player with Virat Kohli being paid INR 17 crore per the Royal Challengers in the IPL 2018 to 2021.

Morris’s Test career lasted just four matches, where he took 12 wickets at an average of 38.25. His Test debut against England also provided his highest Test score of 69.

In ODI, Morris played 42 games and took 48 wickets at an average of 36.58 and a save rate of 5.56. His batting average of 20.30 might not have reflected his skills as a hitter, but his 100.43 hitting rate showed his game-changing abilities with the bat.

However, Morris leaves his greatest legacy in the shortest format. He played 234 T20s, including 23 for South Africa between 2012 and 2019. In all T20s he took 290 wickets at an average of 22.21 and a save of 7.78, while with the bat finished with a hit rate of 150.04.

Morris has played cricket all over the world, apart from his time with the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, North West, Lions and Home Titans. In England he played for Surrey and Hampshire, in the West Indies for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and the Sydney Thunder in Australia.

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