Chris Morris announces retirement from all forms of cricket

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Chris Morris announces retirement from all forms of cricket

South African all-rounder Chris Morris, on Tuesday (January 11), bid adieu to all forms of cricket, the former Proteas player announced the decision on his social media handles. The bowling all-rounder added that he will continue to serve in the game, now as a coach, a position he has taken up in the domestic team, Titans.

“Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket! Thanks to all who have played a part in my journey whether it be big or small…it’s been a fun ride! Delighted to be taking up a coaching role at @titanscricket #lifebeginsnow,” read the caption of his Instagram post.

A lower-order batter, Chris Morris made his international debut in December 2012 against New Zealand and played his first One-Day international game in 2013 against Pakistan at Birmingham. Morris got 94 wickets in 69 international appearances, including four Tests, 42 One-day Internationals and 23 T20 Internationals, for the Proteas in all three forms, while aggregating 774 runs in the international circuit.

Morris made his First Class debut for North West in 2009 at the age of 22 and by 2011/12, he had already established himself as the team’s top bowler. With 21 wickets in the domestic T20 league during that season, he was the leading wicket-taker.

In the 2012 season, he rose through the levels of the now-defunct Champions League, when his team Lions reached the final. Later that year, he made his T20I debut, and in 2013, he was called up to the team’s Champions Trophy squad.

His made a distinguished name for himself in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the most sought after player after he was auctioned off for US$625,000 in 2013  by Chennai Super Kings and US$1 million three years later. He was bought by Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2016  and Royal Challengers Bangalore 2020. In the 2021 auction of the tournament, he became the biggest beneficiary after being bagged by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping 16.25 crores, which was also the highest bid for a player in the history of the tournament.

Chris Morris last represented South Africa in the ODI World Cup in England in 2019 and ended the showpiece event as the leading wicket-taker from the South African side.

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