Ponting sheds light on Smith’s Delhi Capitals role

Steve Smith

Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting has given some insight into where Steve Smith would fit into his side.

While Smith’s acquisition is likely to prove a steal, the former Australian captain is far from guaranteed a place in the side, since only one position in the team is available for a foreigner if the in-form Marcus Stoinis, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are selected.

Ahead of their IPL 2021 opener against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Ponting has disclosed his compatriot will bat “somewhere in the top three” when given an opportunity.

“I think the fact that he’s been released from the franchise that he’s been at for a long time will make him a bit hungry as well this year. So, if he gets an opportunity with us – I think it will be in the top three somewhere — if he gets an opportunity, I’m sure he’ll have a great year for us,” cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.

Contribution more than just batting

“I caught up with him [recently], he’s very, very keen to go out there and perform well. Obviously, the other side of that is there’s a big auction again next year, so if he happens to have a really good IPL this year, then I’m sure that that price is going to go up for the coming season.”

However, Smith’s vast experience wouldn’t only be felt at the batting crease, with Ponting certain the batsman will contribute to the dressing room even when he is sitting out.

“[It’s] great to have him as a part of our squad. As I said even if he doesn’t play, for instance, to have someone like that around with his sort of knowledge on the game and the T20 game, will be great for our group,” continued Ponting.

“I can’t wait to work with him again.”