IPL 2021: RCB vs KKR: It’s still early days in the IPL 2021 but Glenn Maxwell has begun shining bright in Royal Challengers Bangalore colours. The Australian all-rounder has bounced back from a poor IPL 2020 campaign to take become the Orange Cap leader with a fighting 78 off 49 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday in Chennai.
RCB vs KKR in IPL 2021: Glenn Maxwell had a terrible IPL 2020 campaign, scoring only 108 runs from 13 matches at an average of 15.42 for Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab). He had another poor outing in IPL 2018 when he scored only 169 runs in 12 matches. The string of poor shows forced Punjab Kings to release him ahead of the IPL 2021 auctions.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) gambled with Maxwell, picking him up for a whopping Rs 14.25 crore. While many doubted RCB’s decision, Glenn Maxwell emerged as the best pick of the auction so far, scoring two half-centuries in three matches so far.
At RCB, Glenn Maxwell is a man on a mission, who is trying to prove his doubters wrong. After scoring 39 off 28 balls in the first match against Mumbai Indians, he cruised to his first 50 in over five years when he scored a 41-ball 59 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
As it seems, change in the franchise has worked wonders as against Kolkata Knight Riders, he scored 78 off 49 balls, anchoring the innings at No 3 position after Virat Kohli fell quickly. First, he steadied the innings with Devdutt Padikkal and then punished KKR bowlers, partnering AB de Villiers. His knock was laced with 9 fours and 3 sixes.
“It was nice to get in early. It became hard to time the ball as the innings went on, looked to cash in against the new ball. He (AB de Villiers) did it in the first game, showed his class, was an extraordinary knock, just shows that if you give yourself some time, you can play shots on this surface. Looking to make the most of the form. We’ll have to bowl well, use the variations, be accurate, playing shots is easy when there is plenty of pace on the ball,” Glenn Maxwell said at the innings break.
IPL 2021: Big comeback, IPL 2020’s biggest flop Glenn Maxwell is now Orange Cap leader
In the match, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won the toss on Sunday and opted to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. RCB made one change to their lineup as the side brought in Rajat Patidar in place of Daniel Christian. Apart from Maxwell’s knock, AB de Villiers played a quickfire 34-ball 76 as RCB set a 205-run target for KKR.