Former England captain, Michael Vaughan has opined that Glenn Maxwell will attract plenty of bidders in the next IPL auction, despite having a disappointing last season with the bat.
Maxwell was bought for INR 10.75 Crore by Kings XI Punjab ahead of IPL 2020. The all-rounder had a poor season as he scored only 108 runs in 13 matches at a strike rate of merely 101. He was nowhere close to his USP of power-hitting as the right-hander couldn’t hit even a single maximum in the entire season.
However, the 32-year-old is back at his destructive best as soon as he donned the yellow Aussie jersey. In the 3 ODI against India, Maxwell scored 167 runs at a strike rate of 194 with a couple of half-centuries.
Most of the teams will look for Maxwell in the auction: Michael Vaughan
After Maxwell’s heroics in the ODI series, Michael Vaughan feels that the Australian will once again be sold for big bucks in the next IPL auction. He believes that any limited-overs team would want to have Maxwell in their side.
Vaughan opines that Maxwell has done well in the national colours because he has been given a permanent spot in the eleven, and will be promoted only if there are few overs left.
Talking with Cricbuzz, Michael Vaughan said, “I don’t think there is any white-ball team in the world that wouldn’t want Maxwell. I’m pretty sure next time in the IPL auction, most of the teams will look for Maxwell. Look what Australia have done, they have found the right place for him – at no. 7, and I don’t think they’ll move him too much unless obviously, they get off to the fliers.”
The 46-year-old understands that there is a set template in Aaron Finch’s team for Glenn Maxwell to bat mostly in the last 15 overs where he can tee off from the start of his innings.
Vaughan reckons that the 32-year-old has found his mojo for the national team and will be more consistent in the next couple of years. The commentator also lauds Maxwell’s fielding abilities and thinks that he save about 5-10 runs every game.
“I think they have found his role in the last 15 overs. They feel that’s when he is at his best when he can go out there and pretty much go from ball one. That’s when is he is having his most effects. Now he has found his mojo for the Aussie one-day side,” Michael Vaughan added.
“I feel he is going to have a consistent time over the next couple of years for Australia. I think his fielding is pretty much guaranteed that he is going to probably save 5 to 10 runs in the field,” the Englishman concluded.
Australia won the ODI series 2-1, and the action moves to the shortest format of the game. The 3-match T20I series commences on Friday in Canberra.