Glenn Maxwell made a good start in IPL 2021 while playing for his new franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. During Royal Challengers Bangalore’s opening match against Mumbai Indians at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Maxwell scored 39 runs off 28 balls. Maxwell also hit two long sixes during the match.
While talking to teammate Harshal Patel post the match, the Australian cricketer Maxwell said that he felt great after hitting two sixes since he did not hit any in the last season.
Earlier, playing for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in IPL 2020, Maxwell had a poor batting show with just 108 runs in 11 innings. Maxwell, who is popular for hitting big shots as a batsman, could not hit even a single six during last year’s IPL season in UAE.
However, he changed his fortunes with his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians after hitting two maximums, one of which was about 100 metres long.
Hitting Sixes Certainly Felt Good, Says Glenn Maxwell
While speaking to teammate Harshal Patel, right-handed batsman Maxwell said that he did remind skipper Virat Kohli of not hitting a six last season but it was nice to hit one out of the middle in IPL 2021 opener.
“It certainly felt good. I did not hit a single six last year, I did remind Virat of me not hitting a six last year. To hit one out of the middle, it is a bit of monkey of the back. It is nice to start well and to have the captain at the other end, it makes my job a little easier,” said Glenn Maxwell.
Glenn Maxwell came out to bat ahead of AB de Villiers in the match at no.4 position. Along with his 39-run knock that comprised of 2 sixes and 3 fours, Maxwell also made a crucial partnership of 52 runs with Virat Kohli. RCB skipper Virat Kohli also called Maxwell’s innings — a game-changer knock during the post-match presentation.
Mumbai Indians batted first in the match and scored 159-9 with a 49-run knock by Chris Lynn. Harshal Patel’s spectacular 5-wicket haul did not allow Mumbai Indians to reach a big total. For Royal Challengers Bangalore, AB de Villiers also played a match-winning knock of 48 runs off 27 balls. RCB won the match by 2 wickets on the last ball.