Glenn Maxwell was one of the big-ticket players going into the IPL 2020 Auction. While most experts felt that the Victorian will fetch a decent price in the glitzy affair held at Kolkata, there were some who felt that his recent form and mental health issues would prevent the franchises from spending too much.
However, all those doubts were quashed when the Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab got into a bidding war for the hard-hitting right-hander. The auction dynamics were at a full display before the capital franchise gave up on Maxwell after the bid crossed the 10 crore mark. The Australian cost the Kings XI Punjab franchise a whopping 10.5 crore. The interesting thing was that Maxwell was released by both the teams that later were fighting to buy him.
The newly appointed Punjab head coach in interaction with the host broadcaster seemed chuffed and reacted by saying that explosive batsman is an ideal T20 package who can bat anywhere, bowl handy off-spin and is one of the best fielders in the world.
When asked if the player’s previous IPL performance justified such a price, the former India coach explained that Maxwell fit the bill when it came to the squad requirements and the other fact that helped was that Punjab had the highest purse of 42.7 crores going into the auction.
Looking at the KL Rahul led franchise’s retentions, Maxwell is the sort of middle-order explosive batsman that the team was lacking. They have plenty of Indian batting talent in the form of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Karun Nair. All these batsmen prefer to bat in the top 3 thus leaving a vacancy in the middle-order.
What do you think?? Did Punjab spend too much on Glenn Maxwell? Or will it turn out to be a masterstroke? Do let us know in the comments section.
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