Kings XI Punjab Glenn Maxwell has been one of the underwhelming performers in IPL 2020 as the franchise stares at potentially yet another failed campaign. Kings XI Punjab have not collectively clicked and ended up losing six out of seven games even though their captain KL Rahul leads the run-scoring charts. Glenn Maxwell believes that luck has not gone their way while also blaming his side for not performing well under pressure.
Glenn Maxwell, who was purchased by Kings XI Punjab for a hefty price of INR 10.75 crores, has been a massive disappointment. So far, the 32-year old has managed only 58 runs in seven innings without any telling score. However, there is a case of his underutilization too as Maxwell has not got enough deliveries to face and had to get going for the big shots from the outset. The Australian all-rounder failing to click consistently has significantly hurt the franchise.
Kings XI Punjab lost their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders from being in a winning position as well. In pursuit of 165, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal built a 115-run stand before losing their way. It all came down to Glenn Maxwell to churn out 13 runs off the final over and seven off the last delivery. Maxwell hit one to the extra cover region; however, the ball landed inches before the rope as KXIP lost by two runs.
“In T20, you make one mistake and it can sort of get compounded” : Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell believes that luck has not gone their way in IPL 2020. The Victorian pointed out that against Delhi Capitals, the umpire wrongly called a run short as KXIP lost the Super over followed by bowling one bad over against the Rajasthan Royals that cost them that game. The 32-year old underlined that those little moments could play a massive part in T20 cricket. At the same time, the slice of luck has not been on their side despite having played good cricket.
“A little bit of luck will help. If you look at the first game, we scored more runs than Delhi, the umpire wrongly called a short run (KXIP lost in the Super Over). We could have started with two wins in a row, and then we bowled one bad over against RR which ended up getting them back into the game. Unfortunately, little moments like that haven’t been taken. We’ve spoken at length about taking those key moments.
In T20, you make one mistake and it can sort of get compounded. We feel we’ve played good cricket this year to win most of our games, we just haven’t been on the right side of luck in this tournament. In T20, luck can play a big part, and teams riding their luck and going well with it can get on a bit of a run,” Maxwell told Hindustan Times.