Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has confirmed that if Steve Smith gets into the playing XI he will bat within the top three in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL 2021).
With Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and South Africa pace duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje in red-hot form, Smith has got to battle it out for the one overseas spot.
“I think the very fact that he’s been released from the franchise that he’s been at for an extended time will make him a touch hungry also this year,” cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.
“So, if he gets a chance with us — i feel it’ll be within the top three somewhere — if he gets a chance , I’m sure he’ll have an excellent year for us,” he added.
Smith, who had a disappointing IPL season last year, is “very keen” to urge out on the sector and show what he possesses for the Capitals.
“I talked with him (recently), he’s very, very keen to travel out there and perform well,” said Ponting.
“Obviously the opposite side of that’s there is a big auction again next year, so if he happens to possess a very good IPL this year, then I’m sure that that price goes to travel up for the approaching season,” he added.
The former Australian skipper feels the mere presence of Smith within the Delhi Capitals camp is enough for the side, considering the knowledge the star batsman has of cricket.
“(It’s) good to have him of our squad. As I said — if he doesn’t play, as an example, to possess someone like that around together with his kind of knowledge on the sport and therefore the T20 game, is going to be great for our group. I can not wait to figure with him again,” said Ponting.
Earlier within the day, Nortje and Rabada arrived in Mumbai to hitch the Delhi Capitals (DC) squad. Rishabh Pant-led DC will begin their IPL 2021 campaign against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10.