Glenn Maxwell is without a doubt, one of the most explosive batsmen in the world. The Australian has the ability to turn games around on his own. His handy off-spin bowling is a valuable addition as well. Maxwell might as well be the perfect fit for the T20 format.
However, he was unable to shine for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) last year. Playing in 13 matches, he was only able to score 108 runs at an average of 15 and strike-rate of 101. Following his poor showings, he was released by the franchise and he will now go into the auction pool ahead of the event on February 18 in Chennai.
Maxwell has a base price of 2 crores and it is almost certain that franchises will be looking out for him at the auction. Now, the Aussie has opened up about the IPL and also expressed interest in playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
‘AB de Villiers is one of my idols’ – Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell spoke to the media in a virtual press conference ahead of Australia’s T20 series against New Zealand and was asked about potentially playing for RCB in the IPL. He said, “That’ll be awesome. AB [is] one of my idols and one of the guys I’ve always tried to watch the way he goes about [things]. It’ll be awesome to work with him, and he’s always been really helpful to me along the journey. Whenever I’ve caught up with him, he’s been brilliant. So to be able to work with him first hand will be pretty cool. I get along with Virat pretty well. It’ll be certainly nice to work under Virat and will certainly enjoy batting with him – that’s for sure.”
Speaking about his overall experience in the history of the tournament, Maxwell said, “I suppose to have the luck to go back there [for] most years has been awesome for my cricket. It’s been great to have the experience of playing around the best players in the world and learn from different teams as well. We’ve had different coaches – Punter [Ricky Ponting at Capitals], Sanjay Bangar, [Virender] Sehwag [both at Kings XI] – and it’s been awesome. People ask me if my cricket would be different if I didn’t go for that [IPL], but I have no idea. But I don’t think it would because I don’t feel I’ve changed too much as a person.”
The auction takes place on the 18th of February.