Glenn Maxwell was roped in by Kings XI Punjab last year for a whopping Rs 10.75 crore but he turned out to be a huge flop and has been released ahead of IPL 2021,
However, Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell had an abysmal season failing to score a single half-century or even hit a six throughout the tournament in UAE.
Glenn Maxwell May Be Bought By Other Franchises For 10 Crores: Ajit Agarkar
KXIP had high hopes from Australian dashing batsman Glenn Maxwell and backed him in IPL 2020 but the Australian batsman failed to repay the faith shown in him by the team management. He ended IPL 2020 with only 108 runs averaging a pathetic 15.42 and three wickets from 13 games and has been subsequently released by KXIP ahead of IPL 2021 and will be available in the auction pool next month.
Despite his flop show in IPL 2020, former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar believes he will still be chased by a lot of franchises and someone might still shell out Rs 10 crores to secure his services once again this year. His ability to score runs at a brisk pace coupled with his handy spin and fielding skills can make him an asset for any team if he manages to rediscover his form in IPL 2021.
Ajit Agarkar was asked about KXIP’s decision to release Glenn Maxwell ahead of the mini-auction.
The former India and Kolkata Knight Riders pacer had to say:
“Who knows, someone else might buy him for 10 crores. It seems to be the case with Glenn Maxwell. You can understand that kind of ability but I think a lot of things will be wiser now. A little bit surprised with some of the other overseas names they have let go, Jimmy Neesham perhaps didn’t have the greatest tournament,” Agarkar said on Star Sports.
Kings XI Punjab have released as many as nine players ahead of the new season including the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Jimmy Neesham, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Sheldon Cottrell. They now have a staggering Rs 53.2 crore to spend at the mini-auction and build a team that can challenge for the title this year.
Ajit Agarkar: It Is A Lot Easier To Find Good Quality Overseas Players In Auction
Ajit Agarkar believes KXIP will be in a strong position to go for some big names at the auction and will be willing to shell out big amounts on the players they want as they have a huge purse.
“The one thing is, in the auction it is perhaps a lot easier to find good quality overseas players because you only need five or six good ones in your squad. It is a little bit easier to replace, Indian players obviously a lot harder, especially if it is not a big auction. So you understand that and 50-odd crores now, so if there is one or two really big names that come up, they will certainly be in the box seat to try and push for them,” Agarkar said.
Steve Smith failed to live up to expectations scoring 311 runs averaging only 25.91 with 3 fifties and was released by Rajasthan Royals while Sanju Samson has been named as the new captain. Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Piyush Chawla have been released from CSK. SunRisers Hyderabad released Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen among others.
Aaron Finch and Moeen Ali along with South Africa’s Chris Morris have been shown the door for RCB. Delhi Capitals has decided to part ways with Jason Roy, Sandeep Lamichhane, Alex Carey and Mohit Sharma.
Kolkata Knight Riders have also decided to part ways with Tom Banton. Delhi Capitals have traded pacer Daniel Sams and all-rounder, Harshal Patel, to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mumbai Indians have released the likes of Lasith Malinga and Sherfane Rutherford besides James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell McClenaghan.