Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) spinner Yuzvendra Chahal revealed that the reason behind Glenn Maxwell going back to his batting best was that he knew that this franchise was different from the others where he had played previously and that neither RCB nor captain Virat Kohli will expect anything less than 100% from him.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) broke the bank for Glenn Maxwell in the IPL 2021 auction and brought him for a record INR 14.25 crore. The RCB franchise reasoned that they wanted a big-hitter in the middle order to lessen the pressure on the likes of Virat Kohli and especially AB de Villiers to finish off matches.
RCB, who are in the top three of the IPL 2021 points table, have Maxwell to thank for as he has smashed 223 runs in 7 matches at a strike-rate of 153.32 with two half-centuries and the highest score of 78.
Glenn Maxwell Knew That Slight Leniency That Was In Other IPL Franchises He Wouldn’t Find In RCB: Yuzvendra Chahal
Glenn Maxwell had a terrible IPL 2020, scoring just 108 runs for the Punjab Kings and the batsman who is famous for his towering sixes, couldn’t manage to hit a single maximum in the 13 matches he played in which his highest score was 32 and his strike-rate was just 101.88.
PBKS released him ahead of the IPL 2021 auction and RCB bagged him for a princely sum. Maxwell admitted that he felt at ease in the Virat Kohli-led team, as it was made clear to him what his job would be with the bat and he was free on how to do it.
In a conversation with Aakash Chopra on the latter’s YouTube channel, Yuzvendra Chahal said Maxwell succeeded in RCB because he knew that neither the captain Kohli or RCB will be as lenient with him as his previous franchises had been.
“I think the captain makes the difference. He knows our captain is the captain of the Indian team as well, who doesn’t like [leniency]. He likes it when you give your 100% on the field irrespective of what you do off it. Maxwell knew that and that slight leniency that was in other IPL franchises he wouldn’t find here,” Chahal said.
The Australian all-rounder, who has been named in their T20 World Cup 2021 squad, joined the RCB camp and is currently undergoing his six-day quarantine. RCB will play their first match against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders on September 20.