NZ vs Aus 2nd T20 – RCB’s Big Buy Glenn Maxwell disappoints: Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore should be concerned. Their big buy at the IPL 2021 Auction Glenn Maxwell is continuing with his disappointing run in the series against New Zealand. Maxwell who was bought for 14.25 Cr for IPL 2021 again gave below-par performance as he got out for just 3 runs this time.
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Glenn Maxwell horror show: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fought tooth and nail during the IPL 2021 Auctions to buy the Australian all-rounder. After being bought for 14.25 Cr last week, Maxwell’s first two outing have been complete disaster.
1st T20 vs New Zealand – Maxwell was out for just 1 run of 5 Balls
2nd T20 vs New Zealand – Out for 3 Runs of 5 Balls
He looked jaded while fielding as well on both occasions. The big question everyone is asking will RCB regret buying Maxwell at the IPL Auctions for such a heavy price ?
Did RCB made a mistake by buying Maxwell ?
Maxwell has never been able to justify hefty pay-tags attached to him in various IPL editions.
Glenn Maxwell in the IPL:
Total runs: 1,505 runs in 82 matches at 22.13 average, at a strike rate of 154.67
Wickets: 19 wickets in 82 matches; economy of 8.57
Does the record support RCB’s decision?
Have RCB made the right decision? Maxwell hasn’t lived up to the expectation in the last two editions of IPL that he played in, scoring only 277 runs in 25 matches. His ability with the ball has also been questioned with just eight wickets in exchange for 8.57 economy for Punjab Kings.
However, this is not the first time. Before he joined Punjab Kings in 2020 after spending a season in Delhi Capitals, the issue of inconsistency was raised. He was coming back from an injury and did not seem to be in his top form. But Delhi paid Rs 9 crore to secure his service. It resulted in yet another disappointing season, scoring 132 runs at an average of only 14.08. Delhi parted their ways with Maxwell.
Back at Punjab, who paid Rs 10.7 crore for him at the 2020 auction, Maxwell disappointed yet again. He scored only 108 runs from 13 matches at an average of 15.42. With the ball, he was a flop too, taking only three wickets, conceding runs at an economy rate of 8.04. That brings to the question of why did RCB get him.
Hesson explained the management’s decision. Not only RCB needed a player like him but also someone of his calibre. “The reason why we like him is that he’s the most dangerous in overs 10-15. Since 2014 in the middle overs, his average is 28 with a strike rate of 161.5. That would do us beautifully,” Hesson said in the footage.
“And he can be a bowling option. We need somebody in that top 6 that can bowl 3-4 overs, but Maxwell can bowl two. Those numbers are exceptional,” Hesson explained.
Apart from the 2014 season, where Maxwell scored 552 runs at an average of 34.50, the Australian has not been in his best form. In the Big Bash League, he did not have a great campaign either. But Maxwell is a gamble that Hesson and RCB are ready to play.
Only IPL 2021 will tell if RCB’s decision to acquire Maxwell will bear fruit or will cost them another IPL season.