Steve Smith has become the last release case for the IPL franchise captain before auction.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the largest T20 league in the world. As young people are exposed to the international scene, the competition moves to another level. Speaking of senior players who have made a name for themselves, the IPL has given them the opportunity to redeem themselves in the game’s shortest format. Around the world, no league comes close to IPL in terms of competition and excitement.
It all started with the inaugural IPL game. As the Kolkata Knight Riders faced off against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Brendon McCullum produced a round of his life. He smashed 158 against a solid bowling lineup. As the curtains fell in the first IPL season, the underdogs Rajasthan Royals were crowned champions.
However, to stay in the competition, you have to adapt to quotes. Unfortunately, some players are unable to meet expectations and are released by franchises. Sometimes this list of released players also includes the captain of a particular franchise.
5 captains released just before the auction in the history of the IPL
5. Steve Smith (Rajasthan Royals)
Steve smith is arguably the best drummer in the world right now. With an average of 61.8 in tests, he defied all odds to reach the top. During the early stages of his career, he was included in the team as a true skater capable of beating. But, fate had other plans! He later became the best test batsman in the world and was awarded the Test Cricket of the Decade award.
Speaking of his IPL stats, he scored 2,333 points with an average of 35.34 in the lucrative tournament. Despite having an average of 129.25 in the tournament, he is destructive when he times the ball to perfection. With a century to its name, it has proven that the T20 format has room even for specialist testing gamers. Over the years he was a vital member of the Royals of Rajasthan.
But, after the 2020 debacle, management decided to release Steve Smith and hand over the captain job to a young Sanju Samson. In 2020, Smith had scored 311 points with a healthy strike rate of 131.22. The only reason Rajasthan is looking for another player is because they want a batsman who can play offensive shots from the start.