Former player and coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Daniel Vettori says the attention on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers can indeed work in Glenn Maxwell’s favor. The Australia all-rounder was bought for a whopping INR 14.25 crore in the February auction, notwithstanding his dismal form last season for Punjab Kings where he scored just 108 runs in 13 matches and couldn’t hit a single six.
Daniel Vettori opines that since Kohli and de Villiers garner most of the limelight of the RCB side, Maxwell can flourish on his own, and replicate his 2014 form. Apart from their first three matches in Chennai, Virat Kohli’s side will play the rest of their games on batting-friendly pitches in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Kolkata which will also help the dynamic Glenn Maxwell score runs at his own pace.
“The emphasis normally is on AB and Kohli, and Maxwell in a way can fly under the radar. Hopefully that lack of pressure will allow him to have an IPL that everyone expects him to most years,” Daniel Vettori told ESPNcricinfo.
Where he’s been successful, he’s been given a lot of responsibility: Daniel Vettori
While Maxwell is often condemned for not playing well in the IPL – he has not had a notable season since 2014 playing for Punjab and Delhi – however, he has been an in-form player for Australia and his Big Bash League side, Melbourne Stars.
Daniel Vettori reckons it could be because the Maxwell had been put at a crucial position both in the Australian team and for Stars. The former New Zealand captain feels that Maxwell should be given some responsibility – the leadership group – at the RCB which will make him more accountable for his performance, and this way he could be utilized well.
“Where he’s been successful, particularly at Melbourne Stars, he’s been engaged, he’s been captain and he’s been the senior player. He’s been given a lot of responsibility and I think that’s where teams tend to get the best out of him. Even though de Villiers and Kohli are the focal points, if they can spread that leadership across him, I think that will be the best way to utilise him,” the 42-year-old former spinner believes.