Glenn Maxwell was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2021 auction for a whopping 14.25 crores. His performances played a key role in helping his side winning five out of their first seven games in IPL 2021 until it was postponed. He provided a real strength in the middle-order which looked missing even with the presence of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers in the line-up. RCB were placed third with 10 points from seven games before the season was temporarily suspended.
Glenn Maxwell scored 223 runs in seven games in 2021. His numbers were very different for Punjab Kings last year. He scored just 184 runs in 14 matches, and the most shocking part – he couldn’t hit a single six. He had already hit 10 this year.
Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel heaped praise on Maxwell’s contribution which added an extra feature in Bangalore’s batting order. While speaking on the Star Sports network, the former RCB cricketer stated that Maxwell’s inclusion allowed skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to think freely.
“I thought he [Maxwell] was brilliant to start within this tournament, especially on the wickets like Chennai. He does play spin well but those were very very difficult wickets to play spin,” Parthiv told Star Sports.
Glenn Maxwell Allowed Virat Kohli & AB De Villiers To Play Freely: Parthiv Patel
“I thought his comeback was brilliant for RCB and that allowed Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to think freely. Yes, they were getting the runs, there is no doubt about it but sometimes you need your mind to think freely that if we get out there is a Maxwell who can do the job for them,” he added.
Parthiv Patel concluded by saying that Glenn Maxwell had just started to pay dividends for the money that the franchise had invested in him.
“Sending him [Maxwell] at No.4, which bisected AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in the batting lineup, was brilliant. It was great to see that the amount of money which was paid to Glenn Maxwell, he has just started to give dividends for that,” concluded Patel.