Australian cricketer, Steve Smith says that he was “very excited” to play for Delhi Capitals(DC) in the upcoming IPL 2021 tournament. Delhi Capitals roped Steve Smith for 2.20 Crores in the IPL 2021 auction.
Moreover, Steve Smith is the first person to purchase in the IPL 2021 auction. Delhi Capitals roped him just 20 lakh more of his base price(2 Crores).
Steve Smith on Playing for Delhi Capitals(DC)
The 31-year-old had a poor run in IPL 2020 in the UAE as he scored just 311 runs in 14 games at an average of 25.91 and strike rate of 131.22. This resulted in RR releasing Smith ahead of IPL 2021 and naming Sanju Samson as their skipper.
So after being purchased by DC, on February 23, the franchise posted a video on their official Instagram handle where Smith expressed his excitement. In the short clip, the right-hander also hoped of taking the franchise to greater heights in the upcoming edition.
“I am really excited about joining the team this year. I think it is a great squad of players, a great coach, and I am looking forward to getting there and creating some amazing memories. Hopefully will help the team go one better than last year,” Steve Smith said in the video uploaded by DC.
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While the chances of Smith getting a chance to play in all the games for DC are slim as the team led by Shreyas Iyer have their three overseas slots full in the form of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and pacers Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje.
In addition, there is a tough fight for the fourth overseas place in the Playing XI while having contenders like Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, and Sam Billings. He can surely get a place if openers Prithvi Shaw or Shikhar Dhawan fail to perform.
Check the complete list of players along with their rate who were brought by Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2021 Auction by clicking ->here.
Delhi Capitals full squad for IPL 2021
Shreyas Iyer (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings.