Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have spent crores of rupees on Glenn Maxwell for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In this year’s IPL auction, Maxwell sold for Rs 14.25 crore, even when his previous season was very bad. Last season, Maxwell played for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) and was very disappointed with his batting. Former Team India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has explained why Maxwell is sold for crores of rupees in the auction despite poor performance.
Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, Gambhir said, ‘Has Maxwell performed well in the IPL? To be fair, he is unable to play for so many franchise teams in the IPL. He has played matches for so many franchise teams, as he has not been a consultant. We cannot talk again and again that he has not got freedom in the previous franchise team. When he played for Delhi, he was given a lot of freedom. Most franchisees and their coaches choose Maxwell because they see the X factor in it.
Gambhir further said, “The franchise teams want Maxwell to get a platform on which they can succeed, but this has not happened. Maxwell’s performance has been nothing special, except for the 2014 season. If they had done so well, no franchise team would have released them. You look at Andre Russell, what he did for the Kolkata Knight Riders and how long he has been a part of that franchise team. Franchise teams release you just because you did not perform well. The more franchise teams you play for, it means that you are not a consultant. They keep getting more money as their performance from Australia has been excellent. So I think RCB’s point of view is that he will do well this year. ‘