Michael Clarke, former Australian skipper has opined that Steve Smith, the former RR captain who was bought by DC for Rs 2.2 crore in IPL 2021 auction, might not leave his family and partner for such a low price.
Michael Clarke has reckoned that Delhi Capitals‘ new recruit Steve Smith might not leave his family and partner and turn up for the upcoming edition of IPL because of his low Rs 2.2 crore auction price.
Michael Clarke: Steve Smith’s T20 Performances Haven’t Been Good To His Liking
He added that Steve Smith’s low bidding in the Chennai auction came as a surprise to the Australian and the 39-year-old added that one should not be surprised if the former Rajasthan Royals captain ‘pulls a hamstring injury’ days before boarding the flight to India.
“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.”
“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.
Glenn Maxwell of Australia was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.25 Crore whereas Chris Morris was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a steep INR 16.25 crore creating new records as the most expensive buys ever in the history of IPL since 2008.
Kyle Jamieson was acquired by RCB for INR 15 Crores while Jhye Richardson acquired a bid of INR 14 Crores and was sold to Punjab Kings. Uncapped Hobart Hurricanes seamer Riley Meredith became the costliest overseas uncapped player earning 8 crores.
Michael Clarke Interested To See If Steve Smith Doesn’t Go To India To Participate In IPL 2021
Further, former skipper Michael Clarke said that he was also interested to see if Steve Smith decides to participate and prove people wrong.
“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 wan’t 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.”
Steve Smith was released by RR ahead of the IPL 2021 auction as Sanju Samson replaced him as the captain of the team. Steve Smith registered himself in the INR 2 crore price bracket after being released by Rajasthan Royals. He scored only 311 runs averaging a modest 25.91 in 14 IPL games in IPL 2020 held at UAE. Delhi Capitals signed him up without facing any challenge from the other franchises in IPL 2021 auction.