Former Indian fast bowler-turned commentator Ajit Agarkar believes that Australian swashbuckler Glenn Maxwell could still attract bids as high as Rs 10 Crore in the upcoming mini-IPL auction despite horrendous performances in the last edition.
Glenn Maxwell was bought for Rs 10.75 crores by the KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab in the 2019 IPL auction but the Aussie all-rounder failed to repay the faith, managing just 108 runs in 13 outings at an average of 15.42 and a strike-rate of 101.88.
Maxwell’s struggles can be gauged from the fact that he was not able to hit a single six throughout the 13th edition. As a result, he was one of the nine players to be released by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the next month’s auction.
However, Ajit Agarkar still feels that given the fact that Glenn Maxwell can prove to be an X-factor if he rediscovers his form in the cash-rich league, one of the franchises can still shell out as many as Rs 10 Crores.
“Who knows, someone else might buy him for 10 crores. It seems to be the case with Glenn Maxwell. You can understand that kind of ability but I think a lot of things will be wiser now. A little bit surprised with some of the other overseas names they have let go, Jimmy Neesham perhaps didn’t have the greatest tournament,” Agarkar said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.
Apart from Glenn Maxwell, the likes of Jimmy Neesham, Sheldon Cottrell and Mujeeb ur Rahman have also been released by the franchise.
As a result, KXIP have a staggering Rs 53.2 crore to shell out in the auction and Ajit Agarkar believes that the franchise will be in a strong position to rack up marquee players.
“The one thing is, in the auction it is perhaps a lot easier to find good quality overseas players because you only need five or six good ones in your squad. It is a little bit easier to replace, Indian players obviously a lot harder, especially if it is not a big auction. So you understand that and 50-odd crores now, so if there is one or two really big names that come up, they will certainly be in the box seat to try and push for them,” Agarkar said.