5. Lucknow

Since Smith’s demand in the mega auction won’t be like a hot potato, the Lucknow franchise can bag him in a steal deal. Even as a reserved or a backup proposition, Smith shall still provide a reasonable value who could bat in the top four.

4. Delhi Capitals

However, if the team management fails to grab its old bronco- Shikhar Dhawan, then chances are that  Smith might get a rebound. As the franchise already will miss its former captain Shreyas Iyer in the middle-order, they will need a batter who can control the proceedings and bat long.

3. Ahmedabad

Smith might enjoy the iconic home ground of the Ahmedabad team. Especially, since the pitches over there encourage pace than spin, the Aussie would surely embrace the bounce offered in his shot-making. In fact with the square boundaries also being large, Smith might admire to nudge heavily around.

2. Chennai Super Kings

Interestingly, the initial games of IPL 2021 at Chepauk did strongly demand a batter who could not only play spin well but also could bat deep. And with Smith gracefully personifying both those needs, it could become another masterstroke for the franchise

1. Punjab Kings

In case if the team endures a leadership crisis then Smith can even step in as a skipper. All in all, as both the Aussie batter and the PBKS franchise will be now starting afresh, surely both can give each other a longstanding identity from IPL 2022 onwards.