IPL 2021: 3 Teams that can pick Steve Smith in IPL 2021 mini-auctions.
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021: Rajasthan Royals despite having the best foreign core in their arsenal failed to make it to the playoffs. The drastic outing last time pushed them bottom of the points table. While this time the franchise has decided to make some changes to the side.
Royals have gambled with their captain. They have removed their regular skipper and appointed Sanju Samson as their new captain of IPL 2021. While to what extent the decision is right, this remains to be seen.
Now Steve Smith is up for the grab and some of the franchise might look for him. He was seen in a good form in the previous India series and might get a purchase in the IPL 2021 mini-auctions.
In the article, we will look at 3 teams that can pick Steve Smith in the IPL 2021 mini-auctions.
3 teams that can pick Steve Smith in IPL 2021 mini-auctions:
Chennai Super Kings:
MS Dhoni-led CSK had a horrible time last season, they failed to qualify for playoffs. This was the first time since the inception of IPL that CSK did not reach the playoffs. While may cricket pundits questioned their lack of intent while some pointed out at the ageing core.
As Shane Watson had bid its adieu to the cricket, there is one slot vacant for the overseas player. While Sam Curran can feature in the opening slot but the three times champions can consider Steve Smith.
Bringing Steve Smith into the side can provide them with good strength in the middle-order but it can lead to disbalance of the playing 11.
Royal Challenger Bangalore:
The Bangalore based franchise has done each and everything to reduce the dependency from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers but every plan seems to be failed. The main reason for RCB’s successive failure in IPL is the performance of the 9 other players except for Virat and de Villiers.
It is seen that for RCB most of the runs are scored by these two batsmen and every time they fail to do so, the team gets collapsed. This will be the major concern for management.
While bringing in Steve Smith can reduce the workload and provide the balance to the team. He is dependable and can score at any rate. Smith has been phenomenal in the success of Australia and can do such things for RCB too. He can end the title drought for RCB.
The franchise of young lads had a memorable outing last time as they emerged as the runner ups. While they fall a step behind the title but this is a great achievement for a team who has been at the bottom in most of the seasons.
The Shreyas Iyer led side is filled with aggression and talent but with the release of Alex Carey, there is a slot for an overseas player. They can opt for Smith as he can bat anywhere in the lineup.
The best part about Steve Smith is, he knows how to control the innings. He can score runs at a strike rate of 130+ and at times can act as a power hitter also.