Former India cricketer and 2-time IPL champion Gautam Gambhir has said that Glenn Maxwell has been disappointing throughout the IPL and that was the reason why he has played for so many franchises in the league.
The former southpaw went on to add that teams continue to invest "more and more" in him because he does well for Australia and is considered an X-factor in the line-up.
Notably, the hard-hitting all-rounder managed only 108 runs in 13 matches for Punjab Kings last season. The 32-year-old did not hit a single six in the 13th edition which was played in the big grounds of UAE. Maxwell shrugged off his bad form soon after the completion of IPL 2020 and put up a stellar show against India in white-ball matches. In the 3-match ODI series he smashed167 runs at an average of 83.50 and strike rate of 194.18.
After being released by KL Rahlul's Punjab Kings ahead of the IPL 2022 mini-auction, 'The Big show' was roped in by Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs 14.25 crore. Punjab Kings had acquired him for Rs 10.74 crore.
"Had Maxwell done really well in the IPL, he wouldn't have played for so many franchises, to be honest. He's played for so many franchises because he's not been consistent at all. We can't keep talking about 'he hasn't had the freedom' for the previous franchises he's played for... when he played for Delhi, he had a lot of freedom. Most of these franchises and coaches - because they think he's an X-factor - they want to try and provide him with the best platform where he can succeed," Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo
"The most unfortunate thing is that despite getting that platform, he has not succeeded, apart from that one season in 2014 where he set the IPL on fire. Had he done that, I think none of the franchises would have released him. Look at what Andre Russell has done for KKR and the amount of time he's spent at one franchise," he added.
"The only reason why a franchise releases you is because you haven't performed. The more franchises you play for, it just shows you haven't really been able to get settled in any of the franchises. Hopefully, he delivers this time around because every year, he keeps getting more and more money just because he does really well for Australia. So hopefully from RCB's point of view, he can do really well.
"He's probably got freedom more than any other player in the IPL. I feel he has been very disappointing throughout the IPL, but hopefully, this time around he can turn it," Gautam Gambhir concluded.
Overall, Glenn Maxwell has played 82 IPL matches and scored 1,505 runs in them.
RCB will be playing the tournament opener against Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 9.