Former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir believes that Steve Smith might not make it to the playing XI of Delhi Capitals, citing the reason of an already packed top order. Smith, who was released by Rajasthan Royals ahead of the IPL auction was sold to Delhi Capitals for 2.2 crores.
“Steve Smith doesn’t fit into the Delhi Capitals playing XI. They are probably too top heavy, where are they going to push him. They have got Shikhar Dhawan, who was in very good form, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant,” said Gambhir.
Another reason Gambhir believes may force Smith out of the playing XI is the limited number of overseas slots. The southpaw picked Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje as his preferred overseas picks.
“They will definitely play Shimron Hetmyer in the middle order and Marcus Stoinis. Anrich Nortje and Rabada did really really well for them. Now they have got Chris Woakes as well. So, I don’t see him actually in the playing XI,” added Gambhir.
Reviewing the Capitals squad, Gambhir wasn’t impressed by the players purchased by Delhi. He said that he would have been extremely disappointed if they would have bought Smith at a higher price. Along with Steve Smith, Delhi added Umesh Yadav and Sam Billings to their squad.
“The only good thing is they have got all these players at a very cheap price. Had they bought Steve Smith at a very high price, I wouldn’t feel very happy with it. Most of these are steal buys, especially Umesh Yadav, Steve Smith at 2 CR and Sam Billings,” said Gambhir.