IPL 2020: ‘Same story, every year,’ Virender Sehwag lashes out on Kings XI Punjab’s star all-rounder

Ace Australian all-rounder has managed to score just 48 runs in his six knocks of IPL 2020 thus far.

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Virender Sehwag

Former India opener Virender Sehwag slams the Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell after his continuous poor performance in the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Kings XI Punjab bought Maxwell for INR 10.75 crore at this year’s auctions while Delhi Capitals spent INR 9 crore in IPL 2018.

The 31-year old was bought by the Punjab-based franchise to help them solve their problems at the middle-order. But Maxwell miserably failed to deliver after amassing 1, 5, 13*, 11, 11*, and 7 runs respectively in six matches. The Australian has failed with the ball as well, and his consistent poor outings are also hurting the team. Thus far, Glenn Maxwell is yet to justify his whopping price tag. Moreover, with Chris Gayle warming the bench, it would be difficult for him to retain a position in the side for too long.

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“Don’t know what sort of a platform Glenn Maxwell needs to explode. He came in early (against Sunrisers Hyderabad) after Punjab lost two batsmen quickly. A lot of overs were left this time, but he failed. Earlier, he didn’t have pressure (batting in the death overs in previous matches), yet he got out without performing,” Sehwag, who played for the franchise in 2014 and was later a member of its coaching staff, said.

His price will drop to INR 1-2 crore next season: Sehwag 

Glenn Maxwell

Sehwag reminded that Maxwell’s last IPL half-century came back in 2016. And keeping his current form in mind, the all-rounder will see a massive dip in his price at the next year’s auctions. 

“I can’t quite understand his mindset because it’s been the same story every year. He gets sold in the auction for a hefty price, but the result remains the same. Yet, people (franchises) run after him. This is something I don’t understand. In the next auction, I think his price will drop from 10 crores to around 1-2 crores which is what it should be. It has to be kept in mind that he scored his last half-century in 2016,” he added.

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