South African all-rounder Chris Morris was bought for the highest sum ever paid for an Indian Premier League player during February's 2021 auction.
The Rajasthan Royals bought Morris for a record 16.25 INR crore. But what sort of value does he need to add to justify this price?
Our team of experts have IPL betting tips that could help answer this question. We also include generous odds – centred around Morris and offered by the best cricket betting sites.
|IPL 2021 – Chris Morris' Performance|
|Best Bet||Chris Morris to take 15+ wickets and score 200+ runs at 4.0 with Betway|
We really like Betway's price of 4.0 for Morris to take 15 wickets or more and hit 200 runs and over. It will be a push for him with both bat and ball, but this bet could bring great value.
He was the Royal Challengers' Bangalore seamer from abroad during the 2020 IPL, taking 11 wickets in nine innings. Had Morris not entered the playing XI a few matches into the tournament, he could have comfortably reached the 15-wicket mark.
He only managed 34 runs in five innings last season, but batted low in an RCB batting order that featured Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe, Aaron Finch and other stars.
At the Rajasthan Royals, Morris will likely be pushed up the order – and have more time to collect the 200 runs required to make Betway's offer a winning bet.
With Royals fast bowler Jofra Archer's participation in the bulk of the IPL 2021 in doubt due to injury, Morris might be given more onus with the ball, too.
All this is shaping up nicely for Morris to be one of the best all-rounders during the 14th edition of the IPL. He'll feature in our IPL betting tips for Rajasthan matches throughout the tournament.
Bet on Morris for Gamechanger of the Season
Betway have also included Morris in their Gamechanger of the Season markets. Several all-rounders, including the Mumbai Indians' Kieron Pollard, Bangalore's Glenn Maxwell, Kolkata Knight Riders' Andre Russell and more have been listed in this category.
Some of the odds are as long as 26.0 and others shorter at 13.0. Morris at 15.0 is a solid pick here. He will almost always bowl a full allotment of fours and bat in the middle order. There will be plenty of opportunity for him to lead game-changing periods.
|Gamechanger of the Season||IPL Odds|
|Andre Russell (Kieron Pollard)||4.33|
|Glenn Maxwell (Royal Challengers Bangalore)||6.0|
|Chris Morris (Rajasthan Royals)||6.5|
|Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals)||7.0|
|Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians)||7.0|
|Marcus Stoinis (Delhi Capitals)||8.0|
|Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)||9.99|
|Mohammad Nabi (Sunrisers Hyderabad)||9.99|
Consider Other SA Stars for Top IPL Batsman
Morris doesn't necessarily reflect among Betway's top IPL run-scorer markets, but this excellent Indian cricket betting site allows you to request any players to be added.
In the meantime, take a look at the prices of other Morris' South African team-mates in the top batsman market.
|Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings)||17.0|
|Quinton de Kock (Mumbai Indians)||17.0|
|AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)||21.0|
|David Miller (Rajasthan Royals)||51.0|
There are many other local and international batsmen in this market, too. You could use Betway's each way terms (1/4 odds, first 4 places) if you think your picks are solid but not necessarily spot on.
What Else to Bet on at IPL 2021
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