Steve Smith has taken a massive pay cut in the IPL auction after being the first player sold in the 2021 IPL Auction but Glenn Maxwell has received a big pay rise as Aussie fortunes were mixed in the IPL auction.
After the first three players remained unsold, Smith was thrust into the action early with Ricky Ponting’s Delhi Capitals getting the Aussie star in an absolute steal.
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Smith is one of the world’s best batsman and was on a kingly deal with the Rajasthan Royals.
He was the skipper of the side but after finishing in last with six wins and eight losses, Smith was cut from the side.
Smith was on a 12.5 crore deal with Rajasthan last season but Delhi picked him up for just 2.2 crore.
In Australian dollars, he went from being retained at $2.5 million last season to $389,290 with the Capitals.
Smith did score 311 runs but at an average of 25.91, it was easily his worst performance in the tournament as he tallied three 50s in the competition.
It could have been worse however with Aussie skipper Aaron Finch’s horror form catching up with him as he was passed in at the auction.
He scored 268 runs at 22.33 and was dropped during the season for Aussie young gun Josh Phillippe.
But it got much worse when he returned to the BBL as he scored just 179 runs in 13 innings at an average of 13.77.
While it was looking bleak for the Aussies, Glenn Maxwell’s price has gone up from $2.2 million last season with the Kings XI Punjab, to going to Royal Challengers Bangalore for more than $A2.5 million (14.25 crore)
It came after Maxwell scored just 108 runs at 15.4 in 13 matches last season.
But he remains one of the biggest hitters in world cricket.
Maxwell was eager to join the team and the likes of AB de Villiers and Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
“I get along with Virat pretty well. It’ll be certainly nice to work under Virat and will certainly enjoy batting with him – that’s for sure,” Maxwell said.
“It will be awesome to work with him, and he’s always been really helpful to me along the journey. Whenever I’ve caught up with him, he’s been brilliant. So to be able to work with him first hand will be pretty cool.”
It appears his dream has come true.
The 292-player auction is underway with 35 Aussies to come although Smith and Maxwell were the only ones looking for the biggest reserve of 200 lakh or $354,577
AUSTRALIANS AT THE AUCTION
$354,577 — 200 lakh — Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell
$265,872 — 150 lakh — Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Shaun Marsh
$177,248 — 100 lakh — Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Jason Behrendorff, Billy Stanlake, Matthew Wade
$132,936 — 75 lakh — Ben Cutting, Dan Christian, Hilton Cartwright, James Faulkner
$88,656 — 50 lakh — Ben McDermott, Sean Abbott, Joel Paris, Jack Wildermuth
$70,925 — 40 lakh — Riley Meredith, Brendan Doggett, Mark Steketee
$53,193 — 30 lakh — Ben Dwarshuis, Chris Green
$35,462 — 20 lakh — Wes Agar, Josh Inglis, Nathan Ellis, Tanveer Sangha, Max Bryant, Jake Weatherald, Matt Kelly, Tim David, Aaron Hardie, Nathan McAndrew
AUSTRALIANS IN THE IPL (Auctioned players in bold)
Steve Smith — Delhi Capitals
Glenn Maxwell — Royal Challengers Bangalore
Josh Hazlewood — Chennai Super Kings
Marcus Stoinis — Delhi Capitals
Daniel Sams — Delhi Capitals (traded to RCB)
Pat Cummins — Kolkata Knight Riders
Chris Lynn — Mumbai Indians
Andrew Tye — Rajasthan Royals
Josh Philippe — Royal Challengers Bangalore
Adam Zampa — Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kane Richardson — Royal Challengers Bangalore
David Warner — Sunrisers Hyderabad
Mitch Marsh — Sunrisers Hyderabad