Most teams will look for Glenn Maxwell in the next IPL auction: Michael Vaughan
Maxwell hammered 167 runs at an average and strike-rate of 83.50 and 194.18 respectively in the ODI series against India.
Updated - Dec 3, 2020 10:08 am
Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan reckons that Glenn Maxwell would be one of the hottest prospects in the Indian Premier League auction for the 2021 edition. In the 2020 IPL, playing for Kings XI Punjab, Maxwell couldn’t make much of an impact and that he didn’t hit a single six, raised a lot of eyebrows. However, the Victorian has found his mojo returning to Australia colours.
In the ODIs against India, the right-hander hammered 167 runs at an average and strike-rate of 83.50 and 194.18 respectively. He also smashed 12 fours and 11 sixes- the most by any batsman in the series. Vaughan reckons that the Aussies have provided Maxwell with an appropriate slot where he can come and take the opposition bowling to the cleaners.
Australia have found the right place for Glenn Maxwell, says Vaughan
“I don’t think there is any white-ball team in the world that wouldn’t want Maxwell. I’m pretty sure next time in the IPL auction, most of the teams will look for Maxwell. Look what Australia have done, they have found the right place for him – at no. 7, and I don’t think they’ll move him too much unless obviously, they get off to the fliers,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
Apart from his power-hitting prowess, Maxwell is also acrobatic as a fielder and makes it tough for the batters to get the ball away from him. Vaughan also thinks that Maxwell is a good enough fielder, who can easily save crucial runs in the outfield.
“I think his fielding is pretty much guaranteed that he is going to probably save 5 to 10 runs in the field. So, he is already in my eyes when he goes out to bat, on 10. I mention that most of the batsmen start on nought, Maxwell starts on 10 because he is that good in the field,” he stated.
“As I said there is no team in the world that wouldn’t want Glenn Maxwell with what he brings all around,” Vaughan added.
In the 2020 IPL, Maxwell managed only 108 runs from 11 innings at a disastrous average and strike-rate of 15.42 and 101.88 respectively. Reports of KXIP releasing Maxwell are also doing the rounds for quite a while.