Australian Former captain and Delhi Capitals head Coach said that “it was remarkable to get Steve Smith for so cheap price.
Actually, after last year’s poor show, smith was released by Rajasthan royals and the player was sent to the auction.
Everyone in the cricketing world was curious about how the franchise will go after smith. But that didn’t happen, as only two teams showed interest in the superstar Australian player, one was Royal Challengers Banglore and the other was Delhi Capitals.
DC bidding the player for the nominal price of 2.2 crores.
Ponting said that he was quite eager to get Steve Smith in the squad DC as he brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the table. However, Ponting told that he and the management didn’t think much about smith because they were quite sure that his bidding price will shoot in the auction.
“I’m not really sure how we got him so cheap. It was quite clear that a few different franchises were going with a high money cap in the auction as they released much more players than us. So We” Ponting told cricket.com.au
“So going into the auction, we hadn’t really spoken a lot about Smithy. His name did come up in some of the strategy stuff. However, we just thought ‘we’re getting outbid’, simple as that. So we hadn’t put that much time into it”.
“I was on the phone at home actually watching the auction live and talking to our owners as it was all happening. And that one bid came from us, and it was one bid and bang! Sold to Delhi Capitals.
“It was actually quite remarkable how it turned out because that sort of class doesn’t come around all the time and that sort of experience doesn’t come around all the time.”
“But Not Sure if Steve Smith can make in playing XI”, Ponting
Talking Further, the veteran player said that, it would difficult for the smith to make it in the playing XI with a lot of talented young cricketers hanging around in the camp.
He also said that, if he makes it in the playing XI, he will play at No. 3 position taking the slot of star Indian player and Injured DC Captain Shreyas Iyer.
“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,” he said.
“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”, ponting quoted saying cricket.com.au