Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has confirmed if Smith is chosen to play in the playing XI, he will bat in the top three.
Steve Smith’s addition to Delhi Capitals for IPL 2021 is without a doubt a big boost for the team. However, with all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and South Africa pace duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje being in the best form that they have seen in a while, the Australian batsman will have to justify his spot, if he gets one in the playing XI.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has confirmed if Smith is chosen to play in the playing XI, he will bat in the top three. In a conversation with cricket.com.au, Ponting said that Smith will have a ‘great year’ for DC if he has the chance to play IPL 2021.
“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 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 added.
The DC head coach feels that Smith’s presence in the Delhi Capitals camp is going to be of great help to the young players, considering the knowledge and experience Smith carries.
“(It’s) great to have him as a part of our squad. As I said — even if he doesn’t play, for instance, to have someone like that around with his sort of knowledge on the game and the T20 game, will be great for our group. I can’t wait to work with him again,” said Ponting.