Steve Smith has been released from Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 2021 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
As Delhi Capitals have bought Steve Smith for this season, former Australia captain and Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has said that Smith will be eager to prove his worth and thus he can be an asset for Delhi Capitals. Ponting further added that an eager Smith can be very well utilised at the number three position for the Capitals as well.
“I think the fact that he’s been released from the franchise that he’s been at for a long time will make him a bit hungry as well this year. So, if he gets an opportunity with us — I think it will be in the top three somewhere — if he gets an opportunity, I’m sure he’ll have a great year for us,” cricket.com.au quoted Ricky Ponting as saying.
“I caught up with him (recently), he’s very, very keen to go out there and perform well. Obviously, the other side of that is there’s a big auction again next year, so if he happens to have a really good IPL this year, then I’m sure that that price is going to go up for the coming season,” he further added about Steve Smith.
Steve Smith is going to play a crucial role for Delhi Capitals
Earlier he also applauded the Indian youngster Parthvi Shaw but he also revealed a bizarre incident where he said that the talented opener doesn’t practice much when he is going through a rough patch.
“I’ve tried taking Shaw under my wing the last two years and I’ve really enjoyed working with him. I’ve had some really interesting chats with him through last year’s IPL, just trying to break him down, trying to find out exactly what was the right way to coach him and how I was going to get the best out of him,” he expressed.
“But he had an interesting theory on his batting last year – when he’s not scoring runs, he won’t bat, and when he is scoring runs, he wants to keep batting all the time,” concluded Ponting.