The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for the 2020 season is currently in process as the capped batsmen and the all-rounders were the first ones to go under the hammer. While the franchises continued to surprise everyone with their strategies, Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was the one who sparked an immense bidding war between Delhi Capitals (DC) and the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
The 31-year-old had kept his base price of Rs 2 crore and as soon as his name was announced, the KXIP bid for him the first and then the Capitals entered the battlefield. While the former team had Rs 42.9 crore in their purse, the Capitals had around Rs 26 crore. Only two teams went for the Aussie and in a whisker, the bids went past the Rs 10 crore mark.
The Punjab franchise was desperate to get him and though the Capitals were going after Glenn Maxwell fiercely, the KXIP kept bidding for him.
KXIP won the battle eventually
When the bid went up to Rs 10.75 crore, the Delhi Capitals opted out of the bidding war and the Kings XI Punjab successfully secured Maxwell’s services. The Australian had pulled himself out of the IPL 2019 edition and had endured a horrendous 2018 season with the then Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals).
However, Maxwell was in the great touch for Australia scoring 177 runs at a strike-rate of 150 and also showed his skills in the home season against Sri Lanka. He had smashed 62 runs off just 28 deliveries with a changed stance in the second match of the series which had propelled the team’s score to 233 in 20 overs. The cricketer had taken an indefinite break from the game then to address his mental health only to make a comeback in club cricket last month.
He is set to lead the Melbourne Stars in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) as they will get their campaign underway against the Brisbane Heat. The KXIP will now hope that Glenn Maxwell lives up to his reputation and proves himself in the next IPL season. Twitterati was thrilled to witness the intense bidding war between DC and KXIP and were also happy for Maxwell.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
All Is Well for Glenn Maxwell in the #IPL
₹10.75 Cr to #KXIP
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 19, 2019
HIGH RATED GABRU! 😍
Welcome to #SaddaSquad, Glenn Maxwell! ♥#SaddaPunjab #SaddeKings #IPLAuction #IPL2020Auction pic.twitter.com/a98brVcCSv
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) December 19, 2019
10.75 Crores for Glenn Maxwell? Can't really remember him doing anything substantial in IPL after 2014. Or did he? #IPL2020Auction
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) December 19, 2019
Glenn Maxwell sold to @lionsdenkxip for a whopping 10.75 Crores. Well played, guys! #IPLAuction #BidForBold #PlayBold
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 19, 2019
Glenn Maxwell has become the first millionaire of the #IPL2020Auction
The fact that Kings XI are going hard for him shows that whatever problems there were supposed to be must have been with Sehwag. He's gone, and KXIP want him back.
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) December 19, 2019
Glenn Maxwell might have started converting Rupees into Australian Dollars. #IPLAuction2020 #IPL2020 #IPLAuctionDay #IPLAuctions2020 #KXIP
— Akshay Kamat (@akshaykamat20) December 19, 2019
Glenn Maxwell right now!
KXIP picks him for INR 1075L#IPLAuction #KorboLorboJeetbo #IPL2020 pic.twitter.com/yTREGAHOKm
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 19, 2019
It's a huge amount for #GlennMaxwell 10.75cr @lionsdenkxip #IPL2020Auction
— Asha Bisht (@AashaBisht) December 19, 2019
Glenn Maxwell pic.twitter.com/xAjDTJGEGP
— Sir Yuzvendra (parody) (@SirYuzvendra) December 19, 2019
Glenn Maxwell watching team owners raise his bid.#IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/YIYRWtBSIo
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) December 19, 2019
Glenn Maxwell right now! #IPLAuction #BidForBold #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/YqvmgFCF1k
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 19, 2019
Glenn Maxwell right now 🔥 #IPL2020Auction pic.twitter.com/NLHmmGSlmi
— R A T N I $ H (@LoyalSachinFan) December 19, 2019
KXIP bidding for Glenn Maxwell. #IPL2020Auction pic.twitter.com/UPL8ZD2cmm
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) December 19, 2019
Maxwell after watching his own auction sell out price :- #IPLAuction2020 pic.twitter.com/jGmvcPSHlh
— Jayesh Gawkar (@jayeshg01) December 19, 2019
Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/6CkzI64Pbt
— bk. (@NotBobbey) December 19, 2019
Punjobbers plan A – get Maxwell
Plan B – pay whatever it takes to get Maxwell
Plan C – shit if we dont get Maxwell we have no idea what to do…#IPL2020Auction
— Innocent Bystander (@InnoBystander) December 19, 2019
Maxwell ♥️♥️♥️♥️ meri toh dhadkano mein Glenn Maxwell hai https://t.co/Kf0AG48FcS
— Realcaster (@smacky_BJP) December 19, 2019
So @DelhiCapitals have lost two intense bids so far. Lose @patcummins30 and #GlennMaxwell to @lionsdenkxip and @KKRiders #IPLAuction2020 #IPLAuctionDay #IPL2020
— Ameya Bhise (@AmeyaBhise) December 19, 2019
Biggest fight b/w two teams #DC VS #KXIP for hard hitter Glenn Maxwell pic.twitter.com/R6chpNXVmH
— Moin Ahmed (@moinahmed0902) December 19, 2019
BIG SHOW makes Big money: Rs 10.75 crore to Glenn Maxwell #IPLAuction2020
— AlostIdentity (@AlostIdentity) December 19, 2019
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