RCCB team director, Mike Hesson reckons that the aggressive batting style of Glenn Maxwell in the middle overs and back-end will add dimension to their side and also help “Big Show” to play freely. Maxwell was brought for a huge price of ₹14.25 crores by the Royal Challengers Bangalore after Punjab Kings decided to release him.
Describing the same during a recent virtual media conference, Mike Hesson said, “He (Maxwell) is fantastic and fits in the middle-order for us. We wanted to have a player of his quality during middle overs and at the back-end as well, he brings in huge amount of experience. On his day, he can turn a game on its head.”
He further added, “We need to use him in a space where we can maximize his skills and we are looking at how we do that. I am waiting to speak to him and be clear about his role. It’s just been a few days. Amongst peers, he is going to bat, so it’s better he understands his role implicitly. He has good skills, highly experienced, and will also be part of the leadership group.”
The 6 feet 9 inch Kyle Jamieson has been one of New Zealand’s heroes in the longest format of the game but Hesson feels that even in India, the bounce he can extract due to his height will be very handy for RCB.
Talking about Jamieson, Hesson said, “As I said, in some grounds, we will want bowlers who would bowl predominantly cutters and in some other ground, where the ball swings and there is bounce, Kyle will be deadly. It’s about complementing with skills and what brings to the group, obviously with the bat he has skills about being a power player.”
Hesson was also pleased with the current form of Virat Kohli, who will be opening in the upcoming season.
Describing the same Mike Hesson said, “I think Virat is so experienced with what he does with RCB and he is going to bat at the top of the order. It’s a position he knows well. He is in fine touch. I thought the way he played in T20s against England and how he controlled the tempo, on his day when he does for RCB.”
On uncapped Indian players, Hesson mentioned the names of Rajat Patidar of Madhya Pradesh and Mohammed Azharudeen of Kerala as the talents to look out for.