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Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has hinted that Steve Smith might opt out of playing in the IPL citing “injury concerns”. Smith was sold to Delhi Capitals for a relatively lesser amount of Rs. 2.2 Cr in the IPL 2021 mini auctions.
"I know his T20 performances haven't been as good as he would have liked. Last year's IPL wasn't great. I'm very surprised he has gone for the amount of money he has, just under $400,000 - which is still good money," said Clarke on the Big Sports Breakfast Podcast after calling Smith among the top three batsmen in the world.
"But when you look at what he was getting (last season) and his role as captain of Rajasthan, don't be surprised if there's a little hamstring strain the day the plane is meant to fly to India," Clarke added.
Clarke further said that Smith is probably one of the three best batsmen in the world at the moment.
"You talk about Steve Smith - if he's not the best batsman in the world, he's not far away. Virat Kohli is number one, but Smithy is in the top three," Clarke added.
Smith was earlier released by Rajasthan Royals ahead of the auctions. The right-handed batsman has been a part of Pune Warriors India, Rising Pune Supergiant and RR in the earlier editions of the IPL.