Former India cricketer and two-time IPL champion Gautam Gambhir has opined on the inconsistency of Glenn Maxwell in IPL.
Gambhir has said that Glenn Maxwell has never performed in the IPL and that is the reason why he has featured for so many franchises so far in the cash-rich league. The former batting great went on to add that teams continue to invest in him because he is considered an X-factor in the line-up of Australia.
Notably, the punch hitter has managed only 108 runs in 13 matches for Punjab Kings last season where he did not even hit a single six in the 13th edition in the big grounds of UAE. But Glenn Maxwell soon shrugged off his bad form of IPL 2020 and post a stellar show against India in white-ball matches. In the three-match ODI series, he smashed 167 runs which came at an average of 83.50 and strike rate of 194.18 as well.
However, Punjab Kings bought him for Rs 10.74 crore but after being released by KL Rahul led team prior to the IPL 2022 mini-auction, he was roped in by Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for a whopping price of Rs 14.25 crore.
Glenn Maxwell all set to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021
“Had Maxwell done really well in the IPL, he wouldn’t have played for so many franchises, to be honest. He’s played for so many franchises because he’s not been consistent at all. We can’t keep talking about ‘he hasn’t had the freedom’ for the previous franchises he’s played for… when he played for Delhi, he had a lot of freedom. Most of these franchises and coaches – because they think he’s an X-factor – they want to try and provide him with the best platform where he can succeed,” Gautam Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo.
“The most unfortunate thing is that despite getting that platform, he has not succeeded, apart from that one season in 2014 where he set the IPL on fire. Had he done that, I think none of the franchises would have released him. Look at what Andre Russell has done for KKR and the amount of time he’s spent at one franchise,” he again shared.
“The only reason why a franchise releases you is because you haven’t performed. The more franchises you play for, it just shows you haven’t really been able to get settled in any of the franchises. Hopefully, he delivers this time around because every year, he keeps getting more and more money just because he does really well for Australia. So hopefully from RCB’s point of view, he can do really well. He’s probably got freedom more than any other player in the IPL. I feel he has been very disappointing throughout the IPL, but hopefully, this time around he can turn it,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.
Glenn Maxwell played 82 IPL matches so far and scored 1,505 runs. RCB will begin the tournament against Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 9.