Ahead of the IPL 2021 Auctions, Rajasthan Royals released Steve Smith and made Sanju Samson as their skipper. Smith has now found a new buyer in Delhi Capitals in the recently held IPL 2021 Auctions. The runners-up of the last year’s IPL bought his services for an amount of 2.2 crores.
World Cup-winning Australian captain Michael Clarke recently said that Steve Smith would be disappointed to have been picked for a low price as per his standards. He believes that Smith would rather prefer to stay at his home and spend time with his family rather than taking the flight to India later this year.
“You talk about Steve Smith if he’s not the best batsman in the world, he’s not far away. Virat Kohli is number one, but Smithy is in the top three,” Clarke said on the Big Sports Breakfast Podcast.
“I know his T20 performances haven’t been as good as he would have liked. Last year’s IPL, he wasn’t great. I’m very surprised he has gone for the amount of money he has, just under $400,000 which is still good money.”
While Steve Smith has turned up with below-par performances in the shortest format of late, Clarke believes said that one shouldn’t be surprised if he suffers from a hamstring injury on the day of his flight to India.
“But when you look at what he was getting (last season) and his role as captain of Rajasthan, don’t be surprised if there’s a little hamstring strain the day the plane is meant to fly to India.
“For him to go away for an eight-week tournament and quarantine before the tournament starts call it 11 weeks. I don’t think he is going to give up 11 weeks away from his family and his partner for $380,000,” Clarke added.
Clarke, however, added that his statement might be proved wrong as Smith could think of rather going out there and showing what he is capable of. Turning up for Rajasthan Royals, Steve Smith scored 311 runs last year at an average of 25.1.
“I’m really interested to see if he gets a tight hamstring and doesn’t go. Or if it goes the other and he says I do want to go and play in this T20 World Cup and I do want to get picked up for more money in the next IPL. I am going to go there, I don’t care for the money and will prove people wrong.”