IPL 2021, KKR vs DC: Steve Smith fails litmus test on return to Delhi Capitals Playing XI

IPL 2021, KKR vs DC: Steve Smith returns fails litmus test on return to Delhi Capitals Playing XI, raises concerns ahead of T20 World Cup
IPL 2021, KKR vs DC: Steve Smith returns fails litmus test on return to Delhi Capitals Playing XI, raises concerns ahead of T20 World Cup

IPL 2021, KKR vs DC: Steve Smith fails to impress – Former Australia captain Steve Smith might have dominated in Test cricket but he hasn’t found much success in T20s. That he has not been considered a first-choice player in IPL says a lot. On Tuesday, he got another chance to prove his worth in T20s ahead of the T20 World Cup as Delhi Capitals gave him a start after Prithvi Shaw was ruled out due to injury. But it wasn’t an outcome he would want. He scored 39 off 34 balls at a strike rate of a modest 114.71

While Steve Smith has done well in IPL, it is his strike rates and consistency that have been questioned. In IPL 2020, he played for Rajasthan Royals and returned with 311 runs but with an average of just 25.91 and and failed to provide RR with the explosive and dependable innings that they required.

IPL 2021, KKR vs DC: Steve Smith fails litmus test on return to Delhi Capitals Playing XI

Schedule / Teams / Live / IPL 2021 Points Table / Orange Cap / Purple Cap

IPL 2021, KKR vs DC: This time, in limited opportunities, he has averaged just 27.25 with a pretty average strike rate of 111.22. He has had just 9 4s and 1 six to his name. After undergoing a surgery for his troubling elbow, he is slowly coming back to his form and aiming to cement his place in Australia’s Playing XI in the T20 World Cup.

Also Read: KKR vs DC Live Score in IPL 2021 – Lockie Ferguson provides the breakthrough for KKR as DC’s Steve Smith departs – DC 81/3 (13) – DC vs KKR Follow Live Update

IPL 2021, KKR vs DC: For Delhi Capitals, he isn’t one of the important players and has been used as a backup option. But with Sam Billings, another batsman who can bat at top order as well as middle-order waiting in the dugout, Stev Smith had to prove his mettle.

On Tuesday, on his return, he was made to open. While he did go off to a slow start, he managed to keep two KKR spinners Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine at bay, he struggled on a slow Sharjah pitch. He even hurt himself in the inner thigh trying to go against Lockie Fergusen’s slower delivery. In the next ball, he lost his concentration and lost his wicket.

IPL 2021, KKR vs DC: Steve Smith fails litmus test on return to Delhi Capitals Playing XI

IPL 2021, KKR vs DC: Before losing his wicket, he largely depended on rotating strikes, hitting just four 4s and no sixes and failed to get the momentum in the powerplay. The SHarjah pitch must take a lot of the blame but with Australia expecting him to deliver at the T20 World Cup, a 34-ball 39 may not be enough.

Also Read in Hindi: IPL 2021 KKR vs DC Live Score: हेटमायर लौटे पवेलियन, दिल्ली कैपिटल्स को लगा चौथा झटका- follow live updates

IPL 2021, DC vs KKR: Steve Smith IPL career: 

Year Mat No Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
2021 7 2 109 34* 27.25 98 111.22 0 0 9 1
2020 14 2 311 69 25.91 237 131.22 0 3 32 9
2019 12 2 319 73* 39.87 275 116 0 3 30 4
2017 15 3 472 84* 39.33 387 121.96 0 3 38 12
2016 8 1 270 101 45 176 153.4 1 0 27 8
2015 14 1 293 79* 26.63 221 132.57 0 2 33 3
2014 10 3 147 48* 36.75 110 133.63 0 0 13 4
2013 7 3 159 41 39.75 132 120.45 0 0 15 4
2012 15 5 362 47* 40.22 267 135.58 0 0 24 14
Career 102 22 2442 101 34.88 1,903 128.32 1 11 221 59