Kings XI Punjab batting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has not justified his hefty price tag thus far in seven IPL innings. Ever since the 2014 IPL edition, Glenn Maxwell has yielded underwhelming returns with the bat and the critics have come down hard at him for failing repeatedly. Maxwell, who recently turned 32, spoke about his lean 2020 IPL edition apart from the team’s struggles.
Kings XI Punjab find themselves in the bottom of the IPL 2020 points table with only one victory in seven games. Due to the side not clicking collectively, they have slim chances of qualifying for the playoffs stage. Glenn Maxwell, whose services the franchise secured for INR 10.75 crores, has only 58 runs in seven innings and could be left out in favour of Chris Gayle in the hope of sparking a turnaround.
Glenn Maxwell came on the back of an outstanding ODI series against England. While the Victorian failed to make a mark in the three T20Is, he played an integral role in beating England in their backyard in an ODI series for the first time since 2015. He struck a fifty in the first game and a century in the third that helped the tourists snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Hence, there were massive expectations from him this time.
“I am still trying to do the best I can” : Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell pointed out that in the batting order of Kings XI Punjab, the three men batting ahead of him are amongst the leading run-getters in the tournament. Hence, there are a lack of opportunities and deliveries to face, mentioning that he has remained unbeaten thrice in IPL 2020. Maxwell believes that he is still batting well and only needs some time to settle himself at the crease.
“If you look at our batting order, three of the guys batting ahead of me are among the top-10 run scorers in the tournament. It doesn’t leave a whole lot of runs for the guys batting below. I have been not out three times. Probably it shows how little amount of balls I am getting at the end of the innings. I am still trying to do the best I can. I am still batting well. A month ago, I probably played one of the best innings (108) of my career in England.
Not much has changed since, just probably the time at the crease and that opportunity to sort of get myself in. Lot of the time I am trying to get the player who has been batting longer on strike. Yeah, I haven’t got the whole lot of opportunities so far and people will look at the amount of runs I have scored. With the limited opportunities I have got, I still feel I am hitting the ball really well,” Maxwell stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.