Former Australian skipper Steve Smith has reached Mumbai on Saturday and will undergo a mandatory 7-day quarantine before he can join his Delhi Capitals teammates for training. Smith was snapped up by the franchise for 2 crores which turned out to be a budget buy for the franchise. Smith was earlier released by Rajasthan Royals ahead of the IPL 2021 player auction. Smith had lead Rajasthan in the last season where they finished last in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Steve Smith’s arrival in Mumbai was updated on Delhi Capitals Twitter handle. They came up with an innovative tweet to announce the arrival of the former Aussie skipper.
“2 monumental icons in one frame. Welcome to the DC family, @stevesmith49,” the franchise tweeted a picture of the Australian with the Gateway of India in the frame.
Steve Smith Reaches Mumbai For IPL 2021
𝟮 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗲 😌
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 3, 2021
Smith and compatriot Marcus Stoinis will hardly get time to train before DC’s opening game against the Chennai Super Kings here on April 10 as the two will undergo a week of hard quarantine.
Meanwhile, Smith is fighting a personal battle to regain Australia’s Test captaincy. Following his 12-month ban imposed by the ICC for the ball-tampering scandal, Smith was forced to give up any form of captaincy for two years. However, he is all ready to take up the role if its offered to him again.
However, Cricket Australia officials are divided over Smith’s potential return to captaincy. Earlier Australian coach Justin Langer had said that there is no need to tinker with the captains at the moment as both of them are doing a fine job.
“We have two very good captains and two important competitions coming up — an Ashes and a T20 World Cup. Our future looks good. Despite the media chatter there is no captaincy position available,” Langer told ABC.