Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke believes that Steve Smith might pull out his name of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League because of his low bidding price at the auction.
Smith, who was released by the Rajasthan Royals ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, was roped in by the Delhi Capitals for Rs 2.2 crore on Thursday. The Australian batsman went into the mini-auction with a base price of INR 2 crore.
Notably, the 32-year-old had a miserable outing in the IPL 2020. He finished the tournament with just 311 runs from 14 games at an average of 25.91 and a strike rate of 131.22.
Under Smith’s captaincy, the Royals also finished last in the 13th edition of the IPL in UAE.
Talking about Smith’s small auction price, Clarke said that one should not be surprised if the Aussie cricketer suffers a “hamstring injury” days before boarding the flight to India.
Speaking on Big Sports Breakfast Podcast, the 39-year-old said, “I’m very surprised he has gone for the amount of money he has, just under $400,000 which is still good money.
“But when you look at what he was getting last season and his role as captain of RR, don’t be surprised if there’s a little hamstring strain the day the plane is meant to fly to India.”
“I don’t think he is going to give up 11 weeks away from his family and his partner for $380,000,” Clarke added.
Apart from Smith, the Delhi-based franchise also bought England all-rounder, Tom Curran for Rs 5.25 crore, who was their most expensive buy at the IPL 2021 auction.