Kings XI Punjab had been in all probability probably the most delighted franchise when BCCI had introduced the UAE because the hosts for the 13th season of the Indian Premier League. Why? They had been merely invincible, albeit in solely the allotted 5 league video games, when IPL had final travelled to the UAE again in 2014. And Glenn Maxwell, who was roped in for INR 10.75 crores in December final season, had completed atop within the run-scoring charts for KXIP in 2014 with 300 runs in 5 matches. But destiny has reversed the numbers this time round. After six video games in IPL 2020, Kings XI Punjab are languishing at the underside finish of the desk with only one win and 5 defeats. And one of many many causes behind their misfortune has been a misfiring Maxwell.
KXIP have a adorned batting lineup with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal as openers adopted by Nicholas Pooran and Maxwell. First look at their high 4, and one would predict aggressive scores for KXIP amid sixes galore. But whereas their high three has been firing, Maxwell has been weighing them down along with his common of 12 and a strike charge of 85.71 this season. The Aussie has managed solely 48 runs in 56 balls this season, batting throughout six innings with simply three boundaries and nil sixes. Only Kedar Jadhav has confronted extra balls (59) with out hitting a six this season.
Is it over for Maxwell at KXIP, once once more?
With his harmful power-hitting talents, equal to what Andre Russell has developed to turn out to be over the previous few years, Maxwell was at all times a T20 favorite. Any high T20 franchise would fancy including the Aussie to their lineup, who can even present a number of overs within the middle-overs along with his off-spin selection. But Maxwell, has at all times, did not stay as much as the massive expectations in IPL with an general common of simply 22.
2014 was his solely large season to date, when he scored 552 runs in 16 matches, nevertheless, 252 runs of that complete got here in 11 video games with only one half-century. His UAE brilliance had nevertheless helped the franchise attain the IPL final for the primary and solely time of their 12 years within the match.
He was retained by the franchise, however returned with a median of simply 13.14, scoring 145 runs in 11 matches. Maxwell was dropped finally that yr. He remained a part of the franchise and in 2017 was made the captain, however the disappointment saga continued in IPL with then KXIP director Virender Sehwag criticising him brazenly at a presser at the tip of their marketing campaign, saying, “We always knew that when Maxwell fires, then he can win the match on his own. But he didn’t fire in most games. That is a big disappointment… He didn’t take the responsibility as a captain and didn’t perform for Kings XI Punjab”.
After two years away from KXIP and a yr off from IPL, Maxwell was once once more picked by Punjab on the advantage of his spectacular worldwide return in 2019 the place he scored 231 runs in simply three innings with one century and two fifties, and with a strike charge of 183.33. Yet on IPL return, the story remained the identical.
With a median of simply 18.5 since 2015, comprising 53 innings with simply two fifties, Maxwell was all set to lose his spot to Chris Gayle, however head coach Anil Kumble knowledgeable that the veteran was down with a abdomen sickness.
KXIP is not going to simply be hoping for Gayle to match match for their subsequent IPL recreation, but additionally fireplace from ball one given their scenario within the match.