How did the 2019 IPL auction go?
Maxwell is making the right start in IPL
The price tag achieved by Glenn Maxwell surprised many in the recent auction of Indian Premier League (IPL) players. The Australian all-rounder was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for $ 1.95 million, despite a mediocre performance by the player in recent editions of cricket's richest T20 franchise tournament. Interestingly, a bidding war broke out for Maxwell anyway, with Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders going for him, apart from RCB, who ultimately arrested him.
Maxwell remained likely the only player in the IPL whose price continued to rise despite a consistently poor performance. It has been an interesting trip for Maxwell, who first appeared at IPL in 2012 as a substitute for the Delhi team. This season, however, he was only allowed to play two games. It was first purchased by Mumbai Indians at the 2013 IPL auction for $ 1 million that year. That season, Maxwell hit 27 balls in three games in which he completed 36 runs.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) took him for Rs 6 crore next year when Maxwell set the stage on fire and scored 552 runs in 2014 with an astonishing 187.75 hit rate. He showed insight into his skills by hitting 36 sixes this season. most of every player. But Maxwell's form dwindled and he was released by KXIP for the 2018 season after three bad years.
In the IPL auction 2018, Maxwell counted a high price of 9 billion rupees for the franchise company in Delhi. But the season went bad again for Maxwell when he scored just 169 runs in 12 games. The all-rounder skipped the IPL 2019 to focus on preparing for the ICC Cricket World Cup. He returned to IPL for KXIP at a cost of 10.75 rupees. But it was a disastrous year for him as he could only get 108 runs in 13 games. This was also the first season for Maxwell in the IPL since 2013 that he couldn't hit a single six.
Of course, all eyes were on the Aussie when IPL returned to India this year. Maxwell's job was perhaps a lot more difficult this time, as he was on the same side as Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Not only does he have to shoot, he also has to live up to the standards of his two great team-mates. The 32-year-old responded well. He appears to be a man on a mission trying to prove otherwise to his doubters. After scoring 39 out of 28 balls in the first game against Mumbai Indians, he hit his first 50 in over five years when he scored a 41-ball 59 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In match three, Maxwell crushed 78 of 49 balls when RCB Kolkata beat Knight Riders by 38 runs.
It seems that the Big Show, as it is often called, is home to the RCB. The batsman announced that before the IPL auction, Kohli had spoken to him for the first time about joining the Bangalore side during the India tour of Australia. And now he's enjoying every moment here. Kohli said Maxwell drove like a "duck in the water" to Bangalore. "The guy feels happy and supported and that's what he feels on this team," said De Villiers.
Former English weirdo Graeme Swann believes Maxwell is content to quietly get his job done in Bangalore while Kohli and De Villiers continue to be in the spotlight. "He has Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers on the team and it really suits him to be that third player who can just go out and express himself without having to carry the team."
Swann told Star Sports TV. “That suits him. He looks very good. “RCB trainer Simon Katich also praised Maxwell's contribution. “He was great. He had a big role for us, first on the field helping Virat with field positioning, and he also took a lot of the young people under his wing during field training and worked with him on this aspect of the game, ”Katich said.
No wonder his critics are now singing a different tune. Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believed that the real reason Maxwell couldn't keep going in a franchise was because of its inconsistent performances. "He had to deliver because the franchise put a lot of trust and money into him," said the 2011 World Cup winner. But after three games Gambhir had to say: "It's good that he started the tournament very well."
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