'Big Show' Glenn Maxwell announed his IPL career resurgence with a quickfire 28-ball 39 for RCB in the opening match of IPL 2021 against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Friday.
After RCB lost two quick wickets in opener Washington Sundar and Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell walked in ahead of AB de Villiers at number four and partnered for 52 runs with captain Virat Kohli. The stand between the two gun batsmen played a pivotal role in setting up RCB's 160-run chase against Rohit Sharma's men.
The match went down the wire as RCB sealed a last-ball win to start their campaign on a winning note. But in between these actions, the official Twitter handles of RCB and Punjab Kings got involved in a hilarious banter over Maxwell. It all started after the hard-hitting Australian hit his first IPL six after 1079 days.
Notably, the 32-year-old was released by Punjab Kings ahead of the IPL 2021 auction because of his horrid run in IPL 13. The right-hander had managed to score only 108 runs in 13 matches. He was unable to hit a single six in the tournament.
Just after he got over the drought with a 100-metre maximum over long-on, RCB tweeted, "First Maxi-mum in Red and Gold and he nearly hits it out of Chennai! Thank you @PunjabKingsIPL. We would hug you if not for social distancing."
Punjab Kings took a good one hour to reply but came up with a very apt response.
"Aww and thank you for Gayle, KL, Mandy, Sarfaraz, Mayank."April 9, 2021
Punjab Kings batsmen Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan and Mayank Agarwal have all been part of RCB at one point of time. KL rahul, is in fact the captain of the Punjab-based franchise now. He was IPL 2020's highest run-getter.
RCB had a sarcastic reply to Punjab Kings' comeback.
"You missed jersey, helmet, pads...and logo? But between us, who's keeping count?"— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 9, 2021
RCB and Punjab Kings will clash against each other on April 30 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.