Kings XI Punjab head coach Anil Kumble has revealed the reason why the franchise spent a big amount to sign up Australia’s Glenn Maxwell for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. In the last players’ auction, Kings XI Punjab raised a number of eyebrows by spending Rs 10.75 crores to sign up the right-handed batsman.
While Maxwell is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous batsmen in the game at present, he has been very inconsistent in IPL. Since helping Kings XI Punjab to their first-ever final in 2014, Maxwell has not really managed to do well in the IPL.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions, his scores were 145, 179 and 310. In 2018 season, he was a part of Delhi Capitals camp and managed to score just 169 runs in 12 games. In 2019, he was one of the few Australian players who pulled out of the IPL in order to stay fit and fresh for the World Cup.
Revealing the reason behind signing the allrounder, Anil Kumble said that Kings XI Punjab needed an impact player. He also stated that the team-management is satisfied with the squad for the upcoming season.
“In the players’ auction we addressed that we needed an impact player and that is why we bought Glenn Maxwell. He can field and bat, he is a gun fielder as well.
“The other part was that we needed a fast bowler who can bowl at the death that is why we looked at Sheldon Cottrell. Overall we are satisfied with the squad we have. In the end, it’s about keeping the things simple,” Anil Kumble replied to an ANI inquiry during a virtual interaction.
Well, Kings XI Punjab would be hoping that Maxwell performs like the way he did it in 2014. The hard-hitting batsman had taken the tournament by storm, scoring 552 runs in 16 games as Kings XI Punjab made it to the final where they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders.