Delhi Capitals have bought former Australia captain and one of the best players in recent times – Steve Smith for Rs. 2.2 crore at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Thursday in Chennai. However, they shared their feelings after that where they said that they were “shocked” at getting him at such a low cost whereas they were happy that he would provide the proper “balance” to the team that is yet to win their maiden IPL title.
Notably, Delhi Capitals reached the final last year but lost to Mumbai Indians as they won their record-fifth title.
“It was just incredible to get Steve Smith. We are shocked about how he went only for Rs 2.2 crore, but to get a player of the calibre of Smith, it’s going to add a lot to our squad, a lot to our balance — his leadership, his batting, his experience, everything. Everyone associated with Delhi is just thrilled,” DC co-owner Parth Jindal said.
“We discussed Smith’s name before the auction and we thought that he would go for much higher, so we had thought that if an opportunity arises, we will go for him, but we never anticipated actually getting him,” he further added.
Steve Smith has led Rajasthan Royals in the 2019 and 2020 edition of the cash-rich league before he was released by his franchise prior to the mini-auction for IPL 2021. He has scored 2,333 runs in 95 IPL matches which came at an average of 35.34. He had smashed 472 runs in 15 matches for the Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017.
They also bought experienced T20 players Tom Curran and Sam Billings for Rs 5.25 crore and Rs 2 crore respectively. Apart from them, pace bowler Umesh Yadav was bought for his base price of Rs.1 crore, alongside four domestic players – Lukman Meriwala, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod and Manimaran Siddharth at their base prices of Rs. 20 lakh as well.
Delhi Capitals’ retained players: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Praveen Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes
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