With another auction has around the corner when 10 franchises go into the auction pool to bid over the best players. Over the years, the idea of franchise cricket suits pinch hitters more often over the technical batters.
In franchise cricket, a player like Steve Smith still lacks the kind of trust by franchises to bid over him. Over the years, the franchise bid over Steve Smith at the times of his best form. Part of Delhi Capitals in the previous season the franchise has released him before the mega auction of IPL 2022.
The best season of Smith came in the 2016 season when he was part of Rising Pune Supergiant. So now with two new teams, Smith can get an impressive bid in the mega auction.
1. Chennai Super Kings
One of the most successful franchises in league history CSK has released one of the batsmen, Suresh Raina, before the mega auction. Though they have retained MS Dhoni’ for another season.
Without much depth in the middle order and considering the last success of Smith came in Dhoni’s captaincy in 2016. Smith has had great form in the past year and the franchise would like to bid over him.
Steve Smith has the chance to revive his IPL career and as a valuable batsman in the middle order.
2. Kolkata Knight Riders
Having released Gill and Eoin Morgan, the franchise has just emptied the lineup without any consistent batsman. Shubman Gill’s release from the team was quite surprising after being a consistent performer for the franchise.
The runner-ups of last season, have the best option to bid over Smith. The batter can open the innings with quality experience in case Gill will not be back.
Smith has impressive numbers in the last five games and if the franchise gets Gill back into the team. As a middle-order batsman, Smith can fill the gap class batsman of option in team.
3. Sunrisers Hyderabad
Having released the Australian opener David Warner, the most successful captain of the team. The franchise needs some experience to boost the lineup and with Smith the auction pool, who can open and bats in the middle order.
The franchise would like to bid over Smith ahead of a mega auction of IPL. Alongside Kane Williamson and Steve Smith the team will regain the solidity again in the absence of star players.