Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is always the talk of the town during Indian Premier League no matter what he does. After a disappointing season last year, the 32-year-old was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping 14.25 crore. While there were a lot of people who termed his signing as ‘overpriced’, Maxwell has certainly silenced all his critics after playing two match-winning knocks in his first two matches of IPL 2021.
Maxwell relishing the freedom given to him at RCB
The all-rounder had a horror show in IPL 2020 with Punjab Kings using him as the finisher in their side. Maxwell never looked comfortable playing that role and as we saw in the first two matches for RCB, he has been given an extremely different role which has turned his fortunes. Batting at No. 4, the 32-year-old has looked like his old-self, having played two brilliant knocks of 39 (28) and 59 (41).
Reflecting on what has changed in the new franchise, Maxwell admitted that he has more freedom at RCB and his role is very similar to what he has in the Australian team. He is certainly able to play his natural game because of someone like AB de Villiers behind him, a luxury he did not have while playing for Punjab.
Feeling right at home. 🤩
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 15, 2021
Maxwell is not a Pollard: Mike Hesson
The all-rounder was full of praise for the support staff and team management for showing faith in him and continuously backing him. Talking about the role of Aussie in the side, RCB coach Mike Hesson had said, “Maxwell needs a few balls to settle in. He’s not a Pollard who can hit from ball one.”
If the early signs are to be believed, Hesson has certainly found the perfect role for Maxwell where he is able to make a huge impact on the game. It will be extremely interesting to see if the explosive all-rounder can continue his scintillating form throughout the season as Kohli’s side aims to win their first-ever IPL title.