Former India cricketer Parthiv Patel has said that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team deserve a lot of credit for allowing Glenn Maxwell to play his natural game in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. However, RCB showed faith in him despite his poor run in recent years in the tournament.
Maxwell had scored just 108 runs in 13 matches for the Punjab Kings in IPL 2020 where he could not register a single six. But RCB bought Maxwell in the IPL 2021 auction for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore. Maxwell kept the faith shown in him by performing consistently in the middle-order for RCB. He smashed 223 runs, including 2 fifties, in just 7 matches before IPL was suspended due to COVID-19.
“The fact we’ve got a lot of guys going over for the IPL as a preparation, get a few games in those conditions, it’s going to do wonders for our batters. Our bowlers are going to be up and firing by the time the tournament starts,” Parthiv Patel has told the ICC.
“I think there are certain players; they flourish in a certain atmosphere. I think, sometimes, you do not put a lot of pressure on them; you just allow that player to be what they are, and sometimes that makes a big difference to the player psyche,” Parthiv said to Star Sports Game Plan. “I think you will have to give a pat on the back to RCB’s management here. Glenn Maxwell, we all know what he could do, but then to allow him to be what he is and just be as free as possible. So, you will have to give the credit to RCB’s team management here for allowing him to play the way he wants to.”
However, Glenn Maxwell has arrived in the UAE already and he is currently serving the mandatory quarantine period. The all-rounder will be hoping to maintain his good form for the franchise who are currently placed at third in the points table as well.