Former Rajasthan Royals skipper and the newest addition to the Delhi Capitals unit, Steve Smith, has hailed defending champions Mumbai Indians as the team to beat in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League but the Australian cricketer is hopeful that Delhi Capitals will finally pull one back against the five-time champions in IPL 2021.
Mumbai Indians have been the most dominant team in the cash-rich Indian Premier League in the last 2-3 years. The gulf between the Rohit Sharma-led unit and the rest of the teams was painfully evident during the last season as the defending champions romped home to an unprecedented fifth title without even breaking a sweat.
Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, had a brilliant campaign last year as they made their way to the finals for the first time in their history.
But, Mumbai Indians, as they had one during the league stage and in Qualifier 01, proved to be too strong for them and the summit clash eventually proved to be a painfully one-sided encounter.
Having suffered four consecutive defeats against MI in IPL 2020, the Delhi Capitals would be gunning for revenge this season but it wouldn’t be that easy a task thanks to Mumbai’s strength and also because of the fact that they will be without their regular skipper and one of their most consistent performers in Shreyas Iyer.
In Iyer’s absence, Steve Smith, who endured a forgettable season with the Rajasthan Royals last year, will most likely bat at the No.3 spot and his form will be crucial to the Delhi Capitals fortunes.
Smith conducted a Question-Answer session on Instagram where he was asked about the team, which according to him, will be the toughest to beat in IPL 2021.
“Mumbai obviously are a quality side. They won the competition last year. But hopefully Delhi can go one better than them this year. Look forward to get started in a couple of days time” said Steve Smith.
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Speaking of Steve Smith’s performances in IPL 2020, the former Rajasthan Royals skipper managed a mere 311 runs in 14 innings at an average of 25.91 and a strike rate of 131.22 with just three 50-plus scores.