Glenn Maxwell, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder said that he has felt at home at the franchise since day one of being here in India.
There was considerable pressure on Glenn Maxwell to perform in IPL 2021 as he had a poor IPL outing in 2020 (for KXIP at UAE), managing just 108 runs in 13 matches averaging a pathetic 15.42.
Glenn Maxwell Feels He Have Been Right At Home At RCB From 1st Day Itself
Glenn Maxwell who had a torrid time with the bat in the last few seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has managed to change his fortunes in the ongoing season as he has registered 176 runs in three matches.
“The conditions are a bit different here at the Wankhede. There have been some high scores scored here, so for our batting group, it is going to be exciting if we can get going and continue to add to those high totals.
“I felt like I have been right at home since day one, the coaching staff have been extremely supportive so have the players, it has been great fun so far,” said Glenn Maxwell in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of RCB.
RCB has managed to win all three games in the ongoing season and it will next take on Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
“It is just about taking one of the responsibilities of Virat’s shoulders. He has got a lot of things to do out there, to sort of control what fielders need to be at what positions is one thing he does not have to worry about,” said Maxwell.
Glenn Maxwell had played a knock of 78 in RCB’s last match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and he would be hoping to continue his form. Glenn Maxwell’s role at RCB is allowing him to discover a different side of the batsman in him, one that has helped him score 39, 56, and 78 in RCB’s three straight wins.
Glenn Maxwell Taken To RCB Like Duck To Water: Virat Kohli
After the match against KKR, Virat Kohli said that Glenn Maxwell had taken to RCB like a duck to water.
“Maxi has taken to this team like duck to water. AB loves the team and they were the difference today. There are areas we can work on. We’re not getting ahead of ourselves and not getting over-excited,” Kohli had told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
Glenn Maxwell is flourishing in his new role of being the ‘third guy’ after AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli at the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp as he is the 2nd highest run-getter so far(176 runs) in IPL 2021 and has also scored joint-most fifties(2). RCB is currently at second place on the IPL points table with 6 points from 3 matches.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run when they face Rajasthan Royals in their upcoming fixture of the Indian Premier League 2021 season.
The Virat Kohli-led side edged past defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener before getting the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders. On the other hand, the Royals have managed to win only one of their three fixtures. They lost to Chennai Super Kings in their previous match.
Now that the team is gearing up for their first of the two matches in Mumbai, RCB’s Director of Cricket Operation, Mike Hesson has hinted that the team management might make changes in the playing XI according to the conditions. Daniel Sams has recovered from Covid-19 whereas Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa are fully up to speed now and will be considered along with Finn Allen.
Predicted XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian/Rajat Patidar/Daniel Sams, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj