The Big Show is back! On his Royal Challengers Bangalore debut, Glenn Maxwell ended his 1079-day wait for a six in the Indian Premier League by hitting a 100-meter monster. The Australia all-rounder showcased his might with a hit that fell on the roof of the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in the IPL 2021 opener against Mumbai Indians.
Glenn Maxwell lined up Krunal Pandya in the 11th over of RCB's 160-run chase and hit one into the night sky. The Maxwell's hit comfortably cleared the long-on boundary and bounced on the roof as captain Virat Kohli watched on. The skipper's reaction, an awestruck face, told the story as Maxwell proved why he is rated as one of the dangerous hitters of the cricket ball.
Maxwell followed it up with a switch hit in the following over against leg-spinner Rahul Chahar to collect his 2nd six of the match. The big-hitter hit 39 from just 28 balls before getting out to Marco Jansen, a debutant for Mumbai Indians. Maxwell finished with 2 sixes and 3 boundaries after having sent to bat at No. 4 in their 160-run chase against the defending champions.
Watch: Maxwell's 100-meter monster at ChepaukApril 9, 2021
It was heartening to see Glenn Maxwell bat with confidence as he had endured a poor IPL. He had finished the IPL 2020 season for Punjab Kings without hitting a six. He had faced 106 balls and managed just 108 runs in 13 matches but did not hit a single six as he struggled to put bat to ball for KL Rahul's side.
Before Friday, Maxwell had last hit a six in the IPL was in April 2018. He had gone 170 balls and 18 innings without a six in the T20 league.
He was released by Punjab Kings ahead of the IPL 2021 auction but the Australian all-rounder fetched Rs 14.25 crore after triggering a bidding war between RCB and Chennai Super Kings.
Captain Virat Kohli had backed Glenn Maxwell to do well for RCB in IPL 2021, saying Maxwell will be provided the clarity of role and freedom to execute his plan for his new franchise.
"You don't want to be the centre of attention all the time and I think that's something that happened with Maxwell. There's too much focus and attention on you. We have decided to pick him, he's not demanding to go to any team. When you decide to pick a player its very important to manage the player as well," Kohli had said on the eve of the IPL 2021 opener.
If early signs are anything to go by, Maxwell is certainly going to have one of his better seasons in the IPL.