He struggled to hit a single six last season; he was mocked; he was ridiculed; he was eventually released by the Punjab Kings but Virat Kohli’s RCB decided to punt on him and Glenn Maxwell, so far, has repaid the faith in IPL 2021.
After having played back-to-back match-winning knocks in the first two games, Glenn Maxwell once again proved to be the savior for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s savior in the ongoing game against KKR as he unleashed a masterstroke on a slowish Chepauk track.
Coming into bat with RCB reeling at 2-9 after two overs, Glenn Maxwell laid into Shakib Al Hasan by cutting, swatting over long-on, and switch-hitting him for three fours and a six across two overs to infuse some momentum back into RCB’s innings.
Maxwell was equally brutal against the pace of Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishna as he notched up regular boundaries even as Devdutt Padikkal struggled.
Even Varun Chakravarthy wasn’t spared ar the Aussie swashbuckler proceeded to welcome him in his second spell with a four and a six.
Maxwell brought up his 2nd consecutive fifty off just 28 balls in the next over bowled by Pat Cummins and he celebrated that by hitting Krishna and Harbhajan for two fours in his next six deliveries.
Maxwell then proceeded to stitch a brilliant 53-run stand in just over five overs and by the time he was dismissed for a 49-ball 78, he had already put RCB in a commanding position.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Glenn Maxwell’s whirlwind knock:
— AB De Fans Trends™ (@AbdeFansTrends) April 18, 2021
Pic 1 – Glenn Maxwell In KXIP Team..
— Jethalal (@Jethiya_lal) April 18, 2021
Glenn Maxwell on Connection with RCB pic.twitter.com/t5uYDOIbk4
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) April 15, 2021
Glenn Maxwell guy made this Chepauk pitch look like some Flat Highway
What a player Mann
— Pranjal (@pranjal__one8) April 18, 2021
Love watching @Gmaxi_32 Bat .. He might just end up being the player of the tournament .. slightly under the radar in the same team as @imVkohli & @ABdeVilliers17 !!! @RCBTweets looking the strongest I have seen them … #IPL2021 @cricbuzz
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 18, 2021
Had sensed a different Maxwell @Gmaxi_32 at the start of the season. Much maligned, but he’s willing to put his head down and will be @RCBTweets biggest punt this time #RCBvsKKR #IPL2021 @sports_tak https://t.co/Y27bjVeUw7
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) April 18, 2021
2 fifties in 2 games for @Gmaxi_32
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 18, 2021
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) April 18, 2021
Glenn Maxwell's first three #IPL2021 innings:
– 176 runs
– 149.15 strike rate
– 17 fours
– 8 sixes
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) April 18, 2021
Leading IPL run-scorers with switch hit/reverse sweep:
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 18, 2021
Maxwell is staying at #RCB for a few seasons now 😄
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) April 18, 2021
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) April 18, 2021
Going to post-office. Time to send the apology letter to Glenn freaking Maxwell. #IPL
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) April 18, 2021
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) April 18, 2021
Preity Zinta watching Maxwell's performce for RCB pic.twitter.com/BxLwa1NQmK
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 18, 2021
In IPL 2021:
Orange cap holder:
Purple cap holder:
-Both caps are with RCB currently.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 18, 2021
Maxwell wasn't the problem, problem was managements of KXIP & DC who couldn't give him a clear role
The way Maxwell is performing in RCB under Kohli is remarkable pic.twitter.com/PPAW6cbwwz
— 𝐍𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐍 (@Nitin__10) April 18, 2021