Former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar explained the reason behind Glenn Maxwell‘s success for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The cricketer-turned-commentator heaped massive praises for the Aussie all-rounder for finally performing in an IPL season after failing for the past so many years.
The Bangalore-based franchise roped in Glenn Maxwell for a whopping INR 14.25 crores during this year’s auctions. The 32-year old had a horrible last season for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) where he couldn’t smash even a single six. However, the Virat Kohli-led side took a punt on the swashbuckling all-rounder who reaped great results for them.
Batting at number four, Glenn Maxwell had amassed 233 runs in seven games at an average of 37.6 and a mind-blowing strike rate of 144.80. This also included two half-centuries from the ‘Big Show’ of cricket before the tournament was indefinitely suspended.
According to Sunil Gavaskar, the main reason behind Maxwell’s successful run in IPL 2021 is that he played in a similar manner as he does for his national side.
“Glenn Maxwell was the surprise as he batted like he bats for Australia and not like someone who has accidentally strolled onto a village green and been asked to fill in to make 11 players. That he has the talent has been known for a while, but this was one season where he has also shown the inclination to make the most of that talent with admirable temperament,” wrote Sunil Gavaskar in his column for Sportstar.
Gavaskar appreciates the performances of other RCB batsmen
The former opening batsman further lauded the performance of other Challengers batsmen as well. He recalled yet another brilliance from ‘peerless’ AB de Villiers alongside youngster Devdutt Padikkal. Gavaskar mentioned that the southpaw is a great prospect for the future in all forms of the game.
”The Bangalore team had a marvellous run thanks in the main to its batting dominated by the peerless AB de Villiers. Young Devdutt Padikkal got a terrific century and looks a great prospect for the future in all forms of the game,” stated Gavaskar.