Steve Smith’s staggering $2m pay cut as Glenn Maxwell gets the big bucks

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.

Ouch Steve.Source:AFP

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.

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SO much 💰, tactics, team structure, ego going H2H with other franchises. It really is cricket nuffy 🤓 gold!

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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.

Finch was in good company with Smith the only batsman to go in the first part of the auction, while six all-rounders were sold.

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 will take that.Source:AFP

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.

Franchises bidding more than Maxwell for Chris Morris! Meanwhile Maxwell got nearly 7 times the price of Steve Smith! Ye IPL hai… yahan kuch bhi ho sakta hai…

Steve Smith for 2.2 cr
Glenn Maxwell for 14.25 cr

WTF is wrong with #IPLAuction2021 ?! Dimaag kharab hai kya?!!

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.

The first part of the auction also saw the biggest ever contract in the IPL’s history with South Africa’s Chris Morris going for 16.25 Crore ($A2.87m).

While it wasn't as big as Pat Cummins’ $3.2m deal last season but that’s down only to the exchange rate as Cummins went for 15.5 Crore.


Steve Smith (Australia) — Delhi Capitals — 2.2 Crore ($A390k)

Glenn Maxwell (Australia) — Royal Challengers Bangalore — 14.25 Crore ($A2.5m)

Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) — Kolkata Knight Riders — 3.2 Crore ($A567k)

Moeen Ali (England) — Chennai Super Kings — 7 Crore ($A1.24m)

Shivam Dube (India) — Rajasthan Royals — 4.4 Crore ($A779k)

Chris Morris (South Africa) — Rajasthan Royals — 16.25 Crore ($A2.9m)

Dawid Malan (England) — Punjab Kings — 1.5 Crore ($265k)


Aaron Finch, Alex Carey


$265,872 — 150 lakh — Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Shaun Marsh

$177,248 — 100 lakh — 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

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