How did RCB intend to acquire Glenn Maxwell at the IPL 2021 Auction.
In 2020, in the UAE, the right-hander had a forgettable IPL season, where he scored only 108 runs in 13 innings with an average of 15. In January, Maxwell was let go by Punjab Kings, and it seems like his time could be coming up in the lucrative T20 tournament.
There were a number of concerns emerging about the decision of Royal Challengers Bangalore to purchase Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell for 14.25 crore. But last week, at the IPL 2021 Auction, Maxwell again found a lot of takers, but RCB emerged as the winners of the offer to purchase the Australian for a price that no one predicted. But all this, it seems, was well-planned.
RCB unveiled in an inside-footage posted on their official Twitter account by the Virat Kohli-led franchise, how the management decided to buy Maxwell, revealing each moment of their mock sale, and team discussions for the heavy-hitter Australian.
RCB coach Mike Hesson said at the beginning of the video that he expects CSK to be the only price-based challenge to Maxwell. And that’s just what happened at the auction, because the RCB had to battle the three-time champions for the batsman.
Hesson said in the video, “The reason why we like him is that he’s the most dangerous in overs 10-15. Since 2014 in the middle overs, his average is 28 with a strike rate of 161.5. That would do us beautifully.” And he added further, “And he can be a bowling option. We need somebody in that top 6 that can bowl 3-4 overs, but Maxwell can bowl two. Those numbers are exceptional.”
It remains to be seen how Maxwell fares for RCB in the coming season, but former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg called the move a “huge risk”
In response to a question asked by a fan on his Youtube video, Hogg said that “I don’t know why RCB have gone for him because out of nine IPLs, he has only performed in two of them. This is a huge risk. You are on a prayer with him.” He added, “I am thinking they have got AB de Villiers who they used down in the lower-order last year to finish off the innings in some games. They don’t want that, they want him to bat higher up and try and use as many overs as possible.”