Despite having a flock of top-notched players, with the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has always lacked something that has kept them from meeting all the requirements to grab the Indian Premier League (IPL) title. However, with the entrance of the new MVP in the team RCB’s Director of Cricket Mike Hesson feels the franchise has now got what they required in their batting line-up.
We are talking about one of the most explosive hitters of the game, Glenn Maxwell. Among their most expensive purchases this IPL auction, RCB roped in the renamed team, Punjab Kings’ player, for a whopping INR 14.25 crore, fulfilling Maxwell’s long-awaited desire to play for the team. Perhaps they were looking for the perfect fit to rectify the glitch in their middle order.
“Glenn Maxwell is a fantastic player, and he fits into what we require in the middle order. We want some X-factor players, that high-impact player we’ve talked about. We’ve just found, through the middle overs as an area [to work on], so to have another player of that quality just adds to the likes of AB de Villiers and a two-pronged attack through the middle overs and the back end. We know on his day, he can turn a game on its head.”
“We need to use him in a space where we can maximise his skills and we’ve certainly spent some time looking at how we can do that,” Mike Hesson said.
Hesson believes it is not just the batting line-up that will get a boost with the Australian all-rounder’s entry, Maxwell’s phenomenal fielding and reliable bowling will do all that RCB, which finished in the fourth spot in the last season of IPL, requires to make it beyond the Play-offs.
“[We’re] really looking forward to working with him and preparing over the next few days to be really clear around his role. He is about to spend a few days amongst his peers, the people he’s going to be batting with, and get to understand that role implicitly. Really important we do that. Also from a bowling point of view, we know he adds some good skills in that area. Amazing fielder, also adds some leadership in terms of how he goes about things, highly experienced, so we can’t wait to have him on board.”
Maxwell was released by the Punjab Kings ahead of the IPL 2021 auctions in light of his unimpressive performance in the previous season of the tournament. Maxwell registered only 108 runs in the entire season without hitting a single six.