This is a relatively cheap fee for someone of Smith’s class and DC will be over the moon to have signed the 31-year-old for an absolute bargain.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had opened the bidding for Steve Smith at INR 2 crore, but the auctioneer was asked for some time by Punjab Kings to discuss a possible bid.
DC took advantage of the time given and swooped in with a bid of their own at INR 2.2 crore.
No other team carried on bidding and Smith’s fate was finally sealed. Fans on Twitter had mixed reactions to Steve Smith’s signing.
While many feel that DC has got a fantastic player, others believe there is no point in bidding for the Australian batsman as DC is already top-heavy. They took to Twitter to express their emotions and this is what they had to say:
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) February 18, 2021
— deepesh adwani (@deepesh_adwani) February 18, 2021
— SASpeaks (@sabeerali271) February 18, 2021
STEVE SMITH IN DC?? LETSSSS GOOOOO
— Aleena (@lenadelkhan) February 18, 2021
— D.Raj (@dheeruutweets) February 18, 2021
So RCB bids for steve Smith and then never bids for him again. Pure RCB behaviour 🤣🤣 #IPLAuction2021
— A.K (@HaddHaiYaar) February 18, 2021
Auctioneer is absolutely responsible for it.. why to hold the bid for so ping and practically pushing franchise to bid for Steve smith #IPLAuction2021
— ROFL-India (@ROFLIndia_) February 18, 2021
— Anirudh Krishna (@nixyyyyyy) February 18, 2021
— ☆𝓜𝓪𝔂𝓾𝓻𝓮𝓼𝓱☆ (@mayytrixx) February 18, 2021
Quite surprised CSK didn’t go for Steve Smith at all. Proper replacement for Faf/Watson in top order plus potential captain for when THAT day comes.
Weird this! #IPLAuction2021
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) February 18, 2021
I think rcb somewhat trolled dc buying making them buy Steve smith 🤣
— Abhay Punia 🇮🇳 (@abhay_punia01) February 18, 2021
— Ankit Chaudhary (@_ankit49) February 18, 2021
DC made it to the final last season and faltered at the last hurdle against the mighty Mumbai Indians. The franchise certainly felt that despite having a heavy top-order, they lacked the quality and experience to play big matches.
With Steve Smith in their ranks now, DC will certainly feel that they have further solidified their batting.
The 31-year-old did not have a good IPL 2020, having scored just 311 runs. He was also unable to lead the Rajasthan Royals (RR) into the playoffs.
Hence, Smith will certainly have a point to prove this time around. It will be interesting to see if he gets an opportunity at the top of the order for DC, or if he’ll be asked to play the anchor role in the middle.