Australian big-hitter Glenn Maxwell has attributed his inconsistent run in the IPL over eight seasons to frequent changes in his role, something that is very clear to him when playing for his country. The 31-year-old Kings XI Punjab batsman came to the IPL after a successful tour of England, where he hit a 90-ball batter at number seven to write a memorable series-winning run chase alongside Alex Carey.
Speaking to PTI from Dubai, the Victorian explained why he realized his potential while playing for Australia and the reason for his inconsistent run in the IPL.
“I probably wouldn’t do it (compare IPL and Australia career). The way I’ve played international cricket has been a clearer role. I know exactly how the guys around me are going to hit,” he said.
After overcoming mental health challenges last year, it looks like Maxwell is back at his best in international cricket. The same can’t be said about his IPL performance though – he’s scored 58 points so far at 2:50 PM in seven games.
Due to his exploits for Australia, Maxwell has always been in demand in the IPL and recently KXIP bought him back by paying a whopping Rs 10.75 crore at the auction.
“My role in IPL will probably change for most games. In IPL, many teams switch sides a lot. In the Australian format, we have the same eleven for most games, we all know our roles very well,” said Maxwell.
He hits five for KXIP this season, saying his role is to support the top four.
“If you are only with IPL for two months a year, there is chopping and switching. You are always looking for the right team balance. The team you choose at the start of the tournament may not have the balance you have. think as you progress.
“We feel like we’re getting closer to that (team balance). I’ve had several experiences (in the IPL) where I haven’t quite performed at the level that people expect, but there was no lack of trying, (or) effort in training. “
While Maxwell’s 552 runs in the 2014 edition helped KXIP reach their only final appearance to date, he enjoyed the most in the 2017 season when he was captain.
“Despite the fact that I did well in 2014, I actually thought my performance was my best season in 2017. I’ve been captain several times, man of the game and I’ve thrown a lot more.
“I thought this was my best season in the IPL. I was able to combine a few match-winning strokes with a few mature strokes,” he said referring to the year he scored 310 points with a 173 success rate. took seven wickets. with an impressive economic rate of 6.57.
The following season he played for Delhi and did nothing remarkable. He did not participate in the IPL last year.
With the top four facing the most balls, Maxwell feels he doesn’t have enough time in the middle to make an impact.
In terms of bowling, he has the option of rolling his arm just three times in seven games.
“This year was a different role (hitting at five o’clock) and I’m trying to get used to it. I’d like to think I’ve tried to fulfill my role as best I can.
“We got Nicky (Nicholas Pooran) hitting incredibly well at four o’clock. With his power-hitting, my job was to get him on strike and be there to finish games.
“I haven’t been out four times (actually three) in seven games, which probably never happened to me in the history of my career. So it was a strange transition for me to hit five and one that I feel started more to get used to. “
Would he like to rank higher? “With the way the team is set up, there is no room for me. As I said, my role right now is to put the icing on the cake and help our boys get into the top four. There were limited opportunities for me. . bat.
“It has certainly been a learning experience … it is nice to be able to challenge myself with something else. I have certainly not been too hard on myself for my result in this tournament,” added Maxwell.
He was also surprised by the slow nature of pitches in the UAE, having played here for both Australia and the IPL in 2014.
“The wickets have probably surprised me a little with the way they played. I’ve had a lot of success here in international cricket and even lastly the IPL.
“The wickets have been a bit slower. The spin hasn’t been that consistent. It’s probably easier for guys to hit the top than someone to hit the first ball.
“It was not easy and we have seen that consistently throughout the tournament.”
With six losses in seven games, every game is a must-win for KXIP from now on.
“It was a tough campaign for us as a team. I would say we were ahead in a lot of those close games, but unfortunately we fell short. It’s the hardest to score the winning runs in T20 cricket,” said Maxwell.
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