The previous edition of the Indian Premier League was one of the most highly competitive editions. The race to playoffs was fought till the last match as no team except the Mumbai Indians dominated the group stage. While we saw multiple heroic innings, there were some failures too! One of the biggest names to fail during the 2020 season was Glenn Maxwell.
The attacking all-rounder was in sublime form during India’s tour of Australia. However, the “big show” had a terrible IPL season. During the campaign, he was unable to hit a single six as the Kings XI suffered heavily because of his poor form. The only department where he was valuable was the bowling department. Sounds unusual right? That’s 2020 for you!
He has played in 82 IPL matches so far and has an impressive record. With the bat, the all-rounder has a strike rate of 154.69, which is a jaw-dropping number in that column. Even without a century, he has scored 1505 runs with the highest score of 95. If someone asks for his ability, he/she can have a look at his form during the 2014 edition!
We present before you, the 3 teams that can pick Glenn Maxwell in IPL 2021 auction:
3. Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers managed to reach the knockout stage of the tournament during the 13th edition of the IPL. Even after a series of consecutive losses, the Bangalore based franchise managed to finish fourth in the season. However, there are numerous loopholes to address as their batting and bowling department failed during the latter half of the tournament.
RCB has released a veteran player like Aaron Finch. This creates a blank in the top order as Finch is a premier opener in the limited-overs format. Because of Kohli’s ability to adapt according to the circumstances, the RCB management can try their hand on Glenn Maxwell. The swashbuckling all-rounder could be a great asset to the men in red.
Maxwell can provide the alternative option of opening the innings with the ball along with Sundar. With the highest score of 145 in T20Is, he can be RCB’s permanent solution in the batting department. Imagine a team with the likes of Kohli, ABD, and Maxwell! Well, we might witness the emergence of a dangerous batting order! Therefore, RCB can opt for Glenn Maxwell in the upcoming IPL auction.
2. Chennai Super Kings
In the 2021 season, the Chennai Super Kings will be in the spotlight as they look for redemption in the upcoming edition of the IPL. Now, as the three-time champions struggled during the whole season, they might look for alternative players who can be a part of their core group. It was a disastrous season for the former champions as they were knocked out during the league stage. Now, Dhoni and the team management should have a list of the players who can fill in the role of a senior overseas player.
Amongst the names that were released, Glenn Maxwell is the biggest one. The all-rounder can fill the void left by Shane Watson as Maxwell can open the innings in T20 cricket. Apart from that, an impressive strike rate and ball-striking ability enable him to become one of the hottest picks for the teams in the upcoming season. It looks like the Chennai Super Kings can use Glenn Maxwell as their most valuable asset if they wish to include him in the squad.
Imagine a team comprising Raina, Faf, Dhoni, Jadeja, and Maxwell. For a team that witnessed its lowest point in the history of the competition, Maxwell could be their savior. Now, as the teams are aiming for perfection, by including quality all-rounders, Maxwell is the best option for the Chennai Super Kings. Therefore, Maxwell’s incredible ball-striking ability could help him to grab a contract with the Chennai Super Kings.
1. Delhi Capitals
The 2020 season of the IPL was a historic one because it witnessed the rise of the Delhi Capitals as a strong force. Even though they lost track during the latter half of the tournament, they had the most formidable pace bowling attack that destroyed the opposition. Apart from that, their batting line up comprises big names like Stoinis, Dhawan, Shaw, Iyer, and Pant. But, due to the drop in form of the players, they were severely affected.
Even after a few hiccups, the Delhi-based franchise made it to the finals. However, a small total was never enough against the strongest T20 team as Mumbai’s batting lineup gave no chance of a comeback for Delhi. If the Capitals are looking for someone who can continue the momentum which is provided by the top order, they can opt for Glenn Maxwell. The Australian all-rounder was once a part of the Delhi team.
Maxwell’s inclusion in the squad might pave the way for a perfect homecoming. As Delhi’s team heavily depends on Ravi Ashwin to bowl during the powerplay, Maxwell’s off-spinners could be used as an alternative to Ashwin’s bowling. T20 cricket is all about options, the more options the captain has, the more settled the team is! Therefore, Delhi Capitals might look forward to including Glenn Maxwell in their playing XI.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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