Former England spinner Graeme Swann was flabbergasted as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) continued to put their belief in Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell despite his poor run in IPL 2020 thus far. His comments came after Maxwell was picked up for the match against KKR on Saturday.
Maxwell was bought for INR 10.75 crore ahead of the IPL 2020 by KXIP while Delhi Capitals spent INR 9 crore in IPL 2018. But his form in the IPL has been questionable. A lot was expected from Maxwell this season as he notched up a match-winning knock for Australia in their final tour game against England. But in the last few matches for KXIP, he has scored – 13, 11, 11 and 7 runs, albeit the team still backing him.
Glenn Maxwell has not been giving returns: Graeme Swann
“I’m flabbergasted that Maxwell has retained his place,” Swann said on Star Sports after KXIP captain KL Rahul informed at the toss that there was only change in that side – Chris Jordan in place of Sheldon Cottrell.
“Maxwell’s been paid a lot of money and at the moment he’s not quite giving the returns. He’s a quality player, he scored runs for Australia in England, he’s just got to take more responsibility,” Swann added.
Maxwell stepped in to bat against KKR in Abu Dhabi after KXIP registered a collapse. His side needed 14 runs off the final over from Sunil Narine but Maxwell failed to help his side cross the line. The hard-hitting batsman missed by an inch to draw the game as the last ball of the final over went for four runs.
Maxwell has an average over 27 in the shortest format of the game.