On Thursday, 18 February, when Steve Smith was included in his team by Delhi Capitals for just Rs 2.2 crore, many people were very surprised. Fans and cricket experts could not believe that the star bid so low for the Australian batsman. Smith is the world’s top batsman and was in good form in the limited-overs series against India. However, his performance in IPL 2020 was not good.
Smith was the captain of the Rajasthan Royals last season. But the team’s performance was not very good. The team finished last in the points table. He was released by Rajasthan Royals and is now part of last year’s runner-up team Delhi Capitals. Smith has scored 2333 runs in 95 matches so far in the IPL. Last year, he scored 311 runs in 14 matches.
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke is also surprised by the price Smith received at the IPL auction. He also said that Smith Tournament may not play this year due to the low price and the quarantine rules before it starts.
Clarke said in the official broadcaster Star Sports show Breakfirst Podcast, ‘If you talk about Steve Smith, if he is not the best batsman in the world, then he is not far from it. Virat Kohli is at number one but Smith is definitely included in the top three.
He said, ‘I know that his performance is not as good as he would have liked. Last year’s IPL also did not go well. I am surprised at the amount of money they got, less than a little over 4 lakh dollars – which is still a good amount. But when you look at the amount he was getting last season, he was the captain of Rajasthan Royals. It would not be surprising if he gets a slight hamstring before the upcoming flight to India.
Smith said, ‘8-week tournament for them and then Quarantine before that – a total of about 11 weeks. I don’t think he will be away from his family and partner for 11 weeks for $ 38,000 (Australia). ‘
Clarke said, “It will be very interesting for me to see if his hamstring gets stretched and he doesn’t go.” Or he goes to the other side and he says that I don’t want to go and don’t play in this T20 World Cup. I do not want to be selected for much money in the next IPL. Or I am going there, I do not mind the money and I will prove people wrong. ‘