The lockdown period has left many cricketers, including top-notch ones plenty of time for themselves. And Australian star batsman Steve Smith is no different. On Sunday, the number one Test batsman indulged himself in an Instagram Q&A session with the fans in which he answered loads of questions. It ranged from his professional life to personal.
One of those questions, which was on the list was when a fan asked him to name the favourite cricket tournament that he featured in. As expected, Steve Smith claimed that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the biggest and the most celebrated competition. The former Australian skipper is one of the marquee players from Australia and is the captain of Rajasthan Royals.
Smith adores the chance of playing with the best and against the best in the IPL. As a captain, Steve Smith came inches close in 2017 in guiding Rising Pune Supergiants to the IPL title. Sadly, Mumbai Indians emerged triumphant that edition by one run and Smith top-scored with a valiant 51. That edition, the RPS skipper was the fourth-highest run-getter with 472 runs in 15 games. As a skipper, the 31-year old has won 19 games out of 28 fixtures.
Steve Smith open to playing in IPL if T20 World Cup gets postponed:
One of the discussions amid the cricket shutdown that has hogged the limelight is the staging of 13th season of IPL and the T20 World Cup. The potential postponement of the showpiece event in Australia opens up a window for the BCCI to hold the lucrative league in October.
As far as the right-handed batsman is concerned, his priority lies in playing for the country but named IPL as a terrific competition and would be willing to feature if the T20 World Cup gets deferred.
“I think when you’re playing for your country at a World Cup, that’s the pinnacle for one-day or T20 cricket, so of course I’d prefer to play in that. But if that doesn’t happen and the IPL’s there, and they postpone it, then so be it. IPL’s also a terrific tournament as a domestic tournament”