Steve Smith is a powerful middle-order batsman in international cricket. The Australian batter has many records in his name and is considered one of the best batters to play for Australia. Steve Smith is also part of the IPL 2024 auction.
Smith has placed himself in Rs. 2 crore base price for IPL 2024 auction. The right-handed batsman was part of the Australian team that won the ICC World Cup 2023. He is a regular member of the side across all three formats. The right-handed batsman last played in IPL 2021 for Delhi Capitals. He skipped the last two seasons to focus on national duty.
Since his debut in the 2012 season of the Indian Premier League, the Australia stalwart has played for different teams. He has played 103 games in the IPL and smacked 2485 runs averaging 2485. With his return to IPL after two years, some franchises will be interested in picking him up during the IPL 2024 auction. Here we talk about 3 such teams who can target Steve Smith in the IPL 2024 auction.
IPL 2024 Auction: 3 Teams Who Can Target Steve Smith In The Auction
3. Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals has parted ways with many batters ahead of the IPL 2024 auction. The Rishabh Pant-led side has released Manish Pandey, Phil Salt, Rilee Rossouw, Rovman Powell, and Sarfaraz Khan.
All these batters used to play in the middle order. After their ouster, DC needs powerful middle-order batsmen. Hence, they might target Steve Smith. Notably, DC also picked Steve Smith in the 2021 auction.
2. Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings is another franchise that might be interested in Steve Smith during the IPL 2024 auction. Ahead of next season, the IPL 2014 runners-up have released batters Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Matthew Short, and Shahrukh Khan from the squad.
Last season, PBKS faced issues in the middle-order. The middle-order could not follow up the good start by opener Shikhar Dhawan in many games. Hence, PBKS need to strengthen their middle order in the next season.
1. Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings will be short of Ben Stokes and Ambati Rayudu for the next season. While Stokes is unavailable for IPL 2024, Rayudu has retired from all forms of cricket. The IPL 2023 champions need brilliant batters to replace them in the squad.
Steve Smith is one such batter with a lot of experience in IPL and international cricket. Like Stokes and Rayudu, he can play in the middle. Hence, MS Dhoni & Boys can target Smith during the auction.