Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal said that they are shocked to get Steve Smith “only for Rs 2.2 crore” and feels that the Australian player will add a lot to their squad. “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 Steve 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.
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,” Jindal said.
Delhi Capitals acquired World Cup-winning player Smith along with exciting overseas players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction held on Thursday in Chennai.
Delhi Capitals Team
Smith was bought by the Delhi-based franchise for Rs 2.2 crore, while experienced T20 players Tom Curran and Sam Billings were bought for Rs 5.25 crore and Rs 2 crore respectively.
The Delhi Capitals also acquired four domestic players – Lukman Meriwala, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, and Manimaran Siddharth at their base price of Rs 20 lakh.
Reflecting on the squad, Jindal said: “I think it’s a very exciting squad yet again. Meriwala has been doing really well in the domestic tournaments and he’s an Indian left-arm quick which we didn’t have in our squad last year.
“He gives us an added variation and Tom Curran has the cutters, the slower ones, the quick ones and he’s very good with the bat as well. So, he gives that added balance to the squad.”
The 31-year-old Smith, who represented Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019 and IPL 2020, has scored 2,333 runs in 95 matches at an average of 35.34 in his IPL career.
Indian speedster Umesh Yadav, who started his IPL career with the Delhi franchise, was bought by the Capitals in the auction for his base price of Rs 1 crore.
The 33-year-old has taken 119 wickets in 121 matches in his IPL career.
After a fierce bidding war with Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Delhi Capitals acquired English all-rounder Tom Curran (base price – Rs 1.5 crore) for Rs 5.25 crore.
Players acquired by Delhi Capitals at IPL 2021 Auction: Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Lukman Meriwala, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod and Manimaran Siddharth.
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.