IPL Auction 2021: Big statement by Gautam Gambhir, “Delhi Capitals don’t need Steve Smith in their squad”

IPL Auction 2021: Big statement by Gautam Gambhir,

IPL Auction 2021: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that Delhi Capitals (DC) shouldn’t have bought Australia’s stalwart Steve Smith in the IPL 2021 auction on Thursday in Chennai as the franchise is already studded with many world-class top-order batsmen.

Notably, DC, who have a top-heavy batting line-up with the presence of Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Heymyer, bought former RR skipper Smith for Rs 2.2 crore in IPL 2021 mini-auction.

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Speaking on the same, Gambhir said, “I actually never thought that they would go for someone like Steve Smith. They never needed someone like Steve Smith.”

“Shimron Hetmyer probably will play in the middle order. They have got Shikhar Dhawan who is in very good form. They have got Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant plus they will definitely play Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis. Anriche Nortje and Rabada did really well for them,” Gautam Gambhir told Star Sports.

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“Now they got Chris Woakes as well. Only good thing is that they bought these players at a very cheap price. Had they bought Steve Smith at a very high price, I wouldn’t be very happy with it. Most of these players are steal buys especially Umesh Yadav, Steve Smith, Sam Billings. From that point of view they did a very good job,” he added.

Players bought by DC in IPL 2021 auction: Tom Curran (5.25 crore), Steven Smith (2.2 crore), Sam Billings (2 crore), Umesh Yadav (1 crore), Ripal Patel (20 lakh), Vishnu Vinod (20 lakh), Lukman Meriwala (20 lakh), M Siddharth (20 lakh)

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Players retained by DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Daniel Sams

DC final squad for IPL 2021: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Hussain Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings.