Winning the IPL title is the ultimate goal: Steve Smith
Australian cricketer Steve Smith is one of the best in the cricketing world at the moment. He has won the ICC World Cup once in his career but he has never won an IPL title so far. The talismanic batsman was released by Rajasthan Royals ahead of the mini IPL auction in Chennai.
Delhi Capitals recruited the services of Steve Smith for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League. It was an absolute steal as the IPL 2020 runners-up bought him for INR 2 crores. The right-handed batsman made his debut for DC against KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings on April 18.
He featured in two games wherein he scored 42 runs this season. He is looking forward to winning his first IPL title this time around. During his appearance on Delhi Capitals All Access, Australia’s best batsman Smith was asked about his experience at his new franchise. He mentioned that winning the championship was the ultimate goal.
“It hasn’t been difficult at all, just a really good group of people. Ana, who brings everyone together, you know for a common cause, and that’s trying to do everything we can, to make the time enjoyable for everyone but winning the IPL is obviously the ultimate goal.”
Smith skippered Rajasthan Royals in the last season at the United Arab Emirates. However, RR failed to qualify for the playoffs and also hit rock-bottom in the points table. Talking about this season, Delhi Capitals benched him for the first two games before giving him his maiden cap against Punjab.
Smith made his presence count when he added a vital 53-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan for the second wicket against the defending champions Mumbai Indians. The two stalwarts made sure that their team chased down the 138-run target without any fuss.
Talking about his partnership with Dhawan, Steve added: “Nice to spend a bit of time in the middle with Shikhar the other day. You know he’s batting superbly, so takes a lot of pressure off. So it was nice to spend some time out there and enjoy it and yeah hopefully some big runs in the next few games.”
The 31-year-old will spring into action tomorrow when DC lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.