Glenn Maxwell opens up on his captaincy stint in IPL 2017

Maxwell was appointed the skipper for the 2017 edition of the tournament.

Glenn Maxwell of Australia
Glenn Maxwell of Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is one of the teams who are yet to win the Indian Premier League ever since the event’s inception in. Their best performance came back in 2014 when they qualified for the final only to lose against Kolkata Knight Riders. Apart from that, they have hardly been able to put their opponents on the mat despite possessing some prominent players in their ranks, Glenn Maxwell is one of them.

He made his IPL debut for the Delhi Daredevils in 2012 and then made a move to the Mumbai Indians in 2013. However, his breakthrough season came in 2014, playing for the Kings XI Punjab. The Victorian notched 552 runs in 16 matches at an average of 34.50 and also smacked four half-centuries. Punjab didn’t have overwhelming seasons in 2015 and 2016 respectively.


It was probably easier when I was captain

In both instances, the finished as the cellar dwellers. Maxwell’s own form dipped to a significant extent. Nevertheless, Maxwell was appointed the skipper for the 2017 edition of the tournament. Punjab finished fifth on the league table and failed to qualify for the playoffs. However, the all-rounder recently mentioned that he enjoyed captaining his team in that season.

“It was probably easier when I was captain and I was able to see the way the game was going, and the instructions that I was giving players, and the way the game was moving, I could actually work it out a little better,” Maxwell was quoted as saying by SEN Radio.

Recently, a documentary released by Al Jazeera revealed that Australian cricketers were involved in spot-fixing during the 2017 Test match in Ranchi against India, the very match in which Maxwell scored a century after his return to the longest format. Albeit there’s no direct indication in the clip, it indicated that Maxwell could be one of the perpetrators.

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