Aakash Chopra, former Indian opener turned commentator has opined that the Indian bowlers should play with Glenn Maxwell’s ego to dismiss him cheaply while not being set in the remaining matches of the India-Australia series comprising of 3rd ODI and 3 T20Is.
He made this observation while sharing a game-plan the Indian bowlers could adopt against the aggressive Glenn Maxwell in a video shared on his Facebook page.
Aakash Chopra: Glenn Maxwell Targets Leg Side And Not Concerned With Off Side
Aakash Chopra said that Glenn Maxwell’s performances in the IPL where he failed recently and those in international cricket are like chalk and cheese.
“All is well or rather all is not well with Glenn Maxwell, we have seen that in the IPL. But the IPL story is normally not the story of international cricket, when it is about Glenn Maxwell. In the IPL he seems to be struggling but when he plays for Australia, he becomes max while in the IPL he is mini.”
The reputed commentator observed that Glenn Maxwell only looks to target the leg-side and remain unconcerned about offside with his unorthodox batting stance.
“The way Glenn Maxwell stands at the crease, it seems like we are watching a match from Lagaan or he is a woodcutter. He is only looking to hit on the leg side and not concerned about the off side at all.”
Aakash Chopra wants the Indian quicks led by Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah to target him with bouncers and yorkers repeatedly, and play with his ego while talking about the tactics against Glenn Maxwell,
“His problem is nose and toes. So you should employ a fast bowler at the start and bowl him at his toes and then his nose or vice versa. You need to bowl a bouncer followed by a yorker repeatedly and play with his ego because he is an egoistic player.”
The former KKR player added that conventional full-length bowling should not be used against dashing Glenn Maxwell and that he should be tried to be dismissed right from the outset by bowling yorkers at the start.
“If you bowl a bouncer, he will go after it. If you bowl a yorker, he will try to remove his feet and play a shot. And when you try all that, you can get out. So you should not do length bowling to him. You should try to get him out right from the outset.”
Glenn Maxwell scored only 108 runs in 13 games in IPL averaging a pathetic 15.42.
Aakash Chopra On Spinners’ Plans Against Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell tries to target the bowlers with unorthodox strokes. Aakash Chopra advises spinners as he wants them to employ a wider line to restrict his stroke-play.
“When you get the spinner, you need to ask him to bowl wide to Maxwell and make him hit over the covers. He will not be able to play the reverse sweep as well as he won’t get the strength on the shot.”
The 43-year-old also suggested that the Indians should take advantage of Glenn Maxwell’s lack of confidence by maintaining the pressure after his poor returns in the IPL.
“I would say that you need to maintain the pressure, you should chirp a little as well because with the sort of performance he has gone from the IPL, I am pretty sure that some of the confidence might have been shaken. So you will have to take advantage of it.”
Aakash Chopra concluded by observing that the Indian bowlers should not give Glenn Maxwell any deliveries in his hitting arc to ensure that he goes back to the dismal form he showed in the IPL for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
“You need to use change of pace as well. So, bouncers, yorkers, change of pace, anything that is outside of the normal range. The spinners need to bowl a little slower and in the end, what we want is that Maxwell plays as he did in the IPL, that he becomes ‘Mini’ well and not Maxwell.”
Glenn Maxwell has taken the Indian attack to the cleaners in the first two matches of the ongoing ODI series scoring 108 runs in 2 games at a strike rate of 225. The Indian thinktank would be keen on devising a plan to restrict the unorthodox batsman in the last ODI and the three-match T20I series post that.