Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is set to make his IPL 2022 appearance after missing the three games of the tournament. The Big Show will be seen in RCB colours against the Mumbai Indians on 9 April at the MCA Stadium in Pune. The news was confirmed by RCB by Director of Cricket Operations, Mike Hesson.
While speaking in a video posted by the RCB Twitter account as a preview for their game against the Rajasthan Royals, Hesson confirmed Maxwell’s availability from 9 April when they will face the five-time champions Mumbai Indians.
“From a Cricket Australia point of view, no contracted players are available before the 6th of April. So, regardless of when they arrive over here, no one can play until the 6th. We’ve been well aware of that as any other side, we’ve planned for that. Maxi will be with us and available from the 9th(of April)", said Hesson.
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In the video, Mike Hesson also spoke about the return of former Bangalore players like Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Navdeep Saini as opponents. He said, “It probably helps both parties. They know a lot about us, and we know a lot about them. So, once again it’s probably just down to how well people deal with pressure on the day. All good players that you mentioned, all have done well at times for RCB in the past. We’re looking forward to taking them on, but we’re obviously looking to get one over on them as well.”
Hesson was then asked about the adjustment made by the team for playing at the Wankhede Stadium for the first time this season. He explained, “Both our games have been at DY (Patil Stadium) which is quite a different surface and different surroundings, different boundary dimensions.”
“So our first challenge at Wankhede - we have to adapt to different sizes of the boundaries, whether on a used surface or a new one. We know there’s going to be dew, so that’s not an excuse for anybody. We’re just going to have to deal with that", Hesson added.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore are seventh on the table as they have won one game in the season so far. They defeated KKR by three wickets. Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga won the Player of the Match award for his four wickets.