IPL 2021: It is a bit of monkey off the back - Glenn Maxwell after hitting an IPL six after 1079 days

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who struck a 100-metre six in the first match of IPL 2021 versus defending champions Mumbai Indians, has said that hitting a maximum in IPL after 1079 days was like getting a monkey off his bat.

Notably, the star Australia cricketer scored 108 runs in 13 matches without hitting any six in IPL 2020. Maxwell was called a '10-crore cheerleader' by former India opener Virender Sehwag for his dismal performance last year.

His gigantic six off Krunal Pandya in the 11th over went flying over long-on and landed on the roof of the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The power behind the shot left RCB captain Virat Kohli visibly awestruck.

"It certainly felt good. I did not hit a single six last year, I did remind Virat of me not hitting a six last year. To hit one out of the middle, it is a bit of monkey off the back. It is nice to start well and to have the captain at the other end, it makes my job a little easier," Glenn Maxwell, who hit 28-ball 39, told his teammate Harshal Patel during an interaction.

Harshal Patel, who became the first bowler to take a five-wicket-haul against Mumbai Indians on Friday, said that he was mixing up his deliveries to deceive the MI batsmen on a slow Chennai wicket.

Harshal Patel also hit the winning run after AB de Villiers's departure on the 4th ball of the final over. 8 runs off 7 balls were needed when the Haryana cricketer joined Mr. 360 degree of world cricket. The 30-year-old 'assured' the global superstar of an RCB win upon his arrival in the middle.

With one needed off the final ball, Harshal took a single and gave a RCB win in the tournament opener.

"Obviously, it felt great. It was my first fifer ever in T20s, that felt special and this coming against such a good batting lineup, it was cherry on top. The ball started tailing a bit so I wanted to hit them on the toes and if they miss, it will hit the stumps and I knew if they are waiting for the yorkers, my slower balls can be really deceptive. So, I was just trying to mix it up and get as many wickets as I can," Harshal told Maxwell.

"I told AB de Villiers when I got there that I am there with you and we are going to win this game. Obviously, whenever you hit the winning runs, it does not matter whether it is a boundary or a single, it is a special feeling. Great day on the field," he added.