Steve Smith will not play in IPL 2021, said – Test is more important for me than T20 cricket

New Delhi. The second round of the Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL 2021) will start in the UAE from September 17. However, even before this, the big players of many teams will hardly be able to play in the second round. A veteran player of Delhi Capitals has also indicated not to play in Phase-2 of IPL 2021. This player is none other than Steve Smith who was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 2 crore in the same season. Steve Smith has taken this decision due to an elbow injury. Although there is still more than 2 months left in the second phase of IPL 2021, but this Australian player does not want to take any risk in terms of his injury. Steve Smith told in a conversation with Cricket Australia website that he wants to keep himself fit for the Ashes.

Steve Smith troubled by elbow pain
Steve Smith said in a conversation with Cricket Australia, ‘I was not 100 percent fit during IPL 2021. My elbow was hurting and was taking pain killers before the match. There came a time when instead of getting better, the pain started getting worse.

Smith’s average performance in IPL 2021
Let us tell you that Steve Smith played a total of 6 matches till the postponement of IPL 2021, in which he could score only 106 runs at an average of 26. Smith has been resting ever since he returned to Australia. He has also taken rest from the West Indies-Bangladesh tour. Smith said that Test cricket is more important to him than T20 cricket and he does not want to risk his injury and wants to be fully fit for the Ashes series.

Smith may also skip T20 World Cup
Steve Smith has also indicated to take rest from the T20 World Cup to play in the Ashes. If Smith’s pain is not cured till the T20 World Cup, then Australia may miss his experience in the T20 World Cup.

Steve Smith does not have a very good record in T20 cricket. He has scored 794 runs in 37 innings at an average of 27.38 and his strike rate is less than 130.

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