Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal said they are shocked to get Steve Smith “for Rs 2.2 crore only” and believes the Australian player will add a lot to his squad. “It was just incredible to get Steve Smith. We are shocked how he only went for Rs 2.2 crore, but to get a player of Steve Smith’s caliber it will add a lot to our roster, a lot to ours. balance … His leadership, his at bat, his experience, everything Everyone dealing with Delhi is just thrilled We discussed Smith’s name before the auction and we thought he was going for much higher so we thought if an opportunity arises, we’ll go for him, but we never expected to actually get him, ‘Jindal said.
Delhi Capitals acquired World Cup-winning player Smith along with exciting foreign players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction held in Chennai on Thursday.
Smith was bought by the Delhi-based franchise for Rs 2.2 crore, while veteran 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.
Looking back at the squad, Jindal said: “I think it’s a very exciting team again. Meriwala is doing very well in the domestic tournaments and he’s a fast Indian left arm that we didn’t have in our squad last year.
“He gives us an extra variety and Tom Curran has the cutters, the slower, the fast and he is also very good with the bat. So he gives that extra balance to the team.”
Smith, 31, who has represented Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019 and IPL 2020, scored 2,333 runs in 95 matches against an average of 35.34 in his IPL career.
The batsman had a fantastic season for the Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017 when he collected 472 runs in 15 games.
Indian speedster Umesh Yadav, who started his IPL career with the Delhi franchise, was bought by the Capitals at auction for his base price of Rs 1 crore.
The 33-year-old has won 119 wickets in 121 matches in his IPL career.
The fast bowler had a brilliant season at the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2018, picking up 20 wickets in 14 games at an average of 20.90.
After a fierce bidding war with Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Delhi Capitals acquired England all-rounder Tom Curran (base price – Rs 1.5 crore) for Rs 5.25 crore.
The 25-year-old, who has represented Rajasthan Royals last season, has scored 106 points and 9 wickets in 10 games in his IPL career.
The veteran T20 player has scored 972 runs and won 157 wickets in 134 matches in his T20 career.
Sam Billings, who was part of the Delhi franchise in IPL 2016 and IPL 2017, was bought by the Capitals for his base price of Rs 2 crore.
The English wicket-keeper-batsman has scored 334 points in 22 games in his IPL career.
The veteran T20 player has accumulated 3,527 runs, made 107 catches and performed 17 stumpings in 187 matches in his T20 career.
Lukman Meriwala was taken over by the Delhi for his base price of Rs 20 lakh and he has 72 wickets in 44 matches at an average of 14.54 in his T20 career.
The middle-high left-arm bowler, who plays for Baroda in domestic cricket, finished as the second-highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 with 15 scalps.
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 Withheld 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, Chris Shimron Woakes.
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