VIVO IPL 2021 Auction: Delhi Capitals bag Australian superstar Steve Smith along with Indian speedster Umesh Yadav

New Delhi: JSW and GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals acquired World Cup-winning player Steve Smith along with exciting domestic players in the first session of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 Auction held here in Chennai. Australian superstar Steve Smith was bought by the Delhi-based franchise for Rs 2.2 crore, while experienced T20 player Tom Curran was their most expensive buy of the Auction so far at Rs 5.25 crore. The Delhi Capitals also acquired four domestic players – Lukman Meriwala, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod and Manimaran Siddharth at their base price of Rs 20 lakh.

Speaking on his team’s major buy of Steve Smith, co-owner Parth Jindal said that going for the Australian was part of their plans, “It was just incredible to get Steve Smith. We are shocked about how he went only for Rs 2.2 crore, but to get a player of the calibre of Steve Smith, it’s going to add a lot to our squad, a lot to our balance. His leadership, his batting, his experience, everything. Everyone associated with Delhi is just thrilled. We discussed Smith’s name before the auction and we thought that he would go for much higher, so we had thought that if an opportunity arises, we will go for him, but we never anticipated actually getting him. So, it’s a really positive surprise for us and makes our auction strategy easier and gives us a lot more clarity going ahead.”

Mr. Kiran Kumar Grandhi, Chairman, Delhi Capitals was also ecstatic about acquiring Smith in the VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 Auction, “Steve Smith is a good player and he is a good buy. We have enough options, which we can use against various teams.”

The first buy of the Auction for Delhi Capitals was Australian superstar Steve Smith (base price – Rs 2 crore), who was purchased for Rs 2.2 crore. The 31-year-old, who represented Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019 and IPL 2020, has scored 2,333 runs in 95 matches at an average of 35.34 in his IPL career. The batsman had a fantastic season for the Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017 when he amassed 472 runs in 15 matches.

Indian speedster Umesh Yadav, who started his IPL career with the Delhi franchise, was bought by the Capitals in the Auction for his base price of Rs 1 crore. The 33-year-old has taken 119 wickets in 121 matches in his IPL career. The fast bowler had a brilliant season with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2018 when he picked up 20 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 20.90.

After a fierce bidding war with Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Delhi Capitals acquired English all-rounder Tom Curran (base price – Rs 1.5 crore) for Rs 5.25 crore. The 25-year-old, who represented Rajasthan Royals in the last season, has scored 106 runs and has taken 9 wickets in 10 matches in his IPL career. The experienced T20 player has notched 972 runs and taken 157 wickets in 134 matches in his T20 career.

Lukman Meriwala, who was acquired by the Delhi Capitals for his base price of Rs 20 lakh, has taken 72 wickets in 44 matches at an average of 14.54 in his T20 career. The left-arm medium-fast bowler, who plays for Baroda in domestic cricket, finished as the second highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 with 15 scalps.

Ripal Patel, who plays for Gujarat in domestic cricket, was also acquired by the Capitals for his base price of Rs 20 lakh. The right-hand batsman has scored 191 runs in 11 matches in his T20 career. The 25-year-old notched 145 runs in five matches in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.

Vishnu Vinod, who plays for Kerala in domestic cricket, featured in the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad in IPL 2017. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who was bought by the Capitals for his base price of Rs 20 lakh, has scored 906 runs in 35 matches in his T20 career. The 27-year-old has taken 10 catches and effected 5 stumpings in T20s.

Manimaran Siddharth, who plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket, was bought by the Delhi Capitals for his base price of Rs 20 lakh. The slow left-arm orthodox bowler has taken 16 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 6.81. The 22-year-old picked up four wickets in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 final against Baroda.

Players acquired by Delhi Capitals at the VIVO IPL 2021 Auction in the first session: Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Tom Curran, Lukman Meriwala, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod and Manimaran Siddharth.

Delhi Capitals Retained players: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Praveen Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes.

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