Former Indian opener-turned commentator, Sunil Gavaskar, has heaped high praise on the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore and especially Australian swashbuckler Glenn Maxwell for finally living up to his billing in the recent IPL season.
Glenn Maxwell had been a perennial disappointment over the years in the IPL despite his exploits in international cricket.
He couldn’t even manage a single six during the 2020 edition of the IPL and was subsequently released by the Punjab Kings.
However, RCB took a punt on him by shelling out Rs 14.25 crore for the enigmatic Australian but the move proved to be a masterstroke as Glenn Maxwell played a plethora of match-winning knocks for them in the curtailed season of the IPL.
Batting at No.4, Glenn Maxwell racked up 233 runs in 7 games at an average of 37.6 and a blistering strike rate of 144.80 with two 50+ scores.
And, according to Sunil Gavaskar, the major reason behind Glenn Maxwell’s success this season is that he played in the same manner as he does in Australian colors.
“Glenn Maxwell was the surprise as he batted like he bats for Australia and not like someone who has accidentally strolled onto a village green and been asked to fill in to make 11 players. That he has the talent has been known for a while, but this was one season where he has also shown the inclination to make the most of that talent with admirable temperament,” wrote Sunil Gavaskar in his column for Sportstar.
Sunil Gavaskar further lauded the entire Royal Challengers Bangalore outfit for their brilliant performance in IPL 2021.
He pointed out the brilliance of the peerless AB de Villiers while also lauding young opener Devdutt Padikkal, who smashed his maiden IPL ton during the season, stating that the southpaw looks a brilliant prospect for India across all formats.
”The Bangalore team had a marvelous run thanks in the main to its batting dominated by the peerless AB de Villiers. Young Devdutt Padikkal got a terrific century and looks a great prospect for the future in all forms of the game,” stated Gavaskar.