Glenn Maxwell slammed his fourth fifty for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. He guided his side to a seven-wicket win against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Dubai. The Australian all-rounder praised his new franchise, stating that he has felt good ever since joining the franchise.
One of the most sought-after T20 cricketers, Glenn Maxwell, had a torrid season with Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) last year. He scored just 108 runs at a pathetic average of 15, striking at 102, and was subsequently released. Despite his indifferent form, RCB emptied INR 14.25 crore from their purse to fetch his service.
Glenn Maxwell Felt Good Since Coming In The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Camp
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. The batting all-rounder had a breakout 2014 season which was also held partially in UAE, where he scored 552 runs in 16 matches including amassing 300 runs in 5 matches at UAE in 2014 even coming close to scoring a hundred thrice.
“I have felt good since coming here, got myself into a nice routine at training and outside of training as well, I just feel like it is really clicking for me. Nice to perform in the middle, adapting to the situations in front of me.
“I don’t think it’s too different from any other franchise. It’s just what we have created as a group. It is nice to have a bunch of guys doing different things and not relying on one certain player. Everyone is chipping in, and it has been a really enjoyable group so far,” said Glenn Maxwell after his match-winning efforts against RR.
Promoted to no. 4 in the batting order, Glenn Maxwell is RCB’s highest run-getter this season, with 350 runs at an average of about 39, striking at about 142 in 11 games. The Victorian also has three wickets to his name this season.
Glenn Maxwell Thought RCB Played Well They Got Off To A Flying Start And Won’t Call Promoting KS Bharat An Experiment
Glenn Maxwell slammed an unbeaten 30-ball 50 to ensure the RCB completed their chase with 17 balls to spare. He shared a 69-run stand with wicketkeeper-batter KS Bharat (44) for the third wicket to ensure a convincing win.
An all-around bowling performance and Glenn Maxwell’s fifty were the highlights as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by seven wickets in Match 43 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Dubai on Wednesday.
Speaking on the team’s performance and the decision to promote KS Bharat at no. 3, the 32-year-old said: “I thought we played really well. RR got off to an absolute flier, and to bring them back in the last 10 overs was outstanding, then we controlled the tempo of the innings and finished it off. I wouldn’t call it an experiment (when asked about the experiment with KS Bharat at no.3); he’s a genuine top-class batter, and the way he has gone about his innings is outstanding.”
Earlier, RR had reached 100 in 11 overs before RCB restricted them to 149. This was courtesy of brilliant spells from Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Harshal Patel. With 14 points from 11 matches, RCB is in the third spot in the IPL 2021 points table and next plays the Punjab Kings in Sharjah on Sunday. While the present Purple Cap holder Harshal Patel claimed 3 scalps, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed picked 2 scalps each.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 153/3 (Glenn Maxwell 50*; KS Bharat 44; Mustafizur Rahman 2/20) beat Rajasthan Royals 149/9 (Evin Lewis 58, Yashasvi Jaiswal 31; Harshal Patel 3/34) by 7 wickets.