Former Indian cricketer and World Cup hero Gautam Gambhir, recently, came down hard on ‘out of form’ Glenn Maxwell and claimed that his stats in IPL suggest that franchises might be overvaluing him.
Glenn Maxwell, who was bought in by Kings XI Punjab at INR 10.75 crore in the auction, has failed to perform in all the first three games of this season, where he scored 1, 5, and 13*.
However, his performance in the fourth match of KXIP has left a bitter taste on the fans as KXIP badly needed him to perform in order to save the game, however, he disappointed everyone and was dismissed after a disappointing 18-ball 11.
Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir stated that Glenn Maxwell is badly failing to match the cricketing standards set by batsmen like Andre Russell, or AB de Villiers. He claimed that Glenn Maxwell is looking completely out of form in the ongoing edition of the league. He also suggested to franchises that they should re-think taking Glenn Maxwell in their team. He said:
“Glenn Maxwell has had only one decent IPL in the last 6-7 years. For the amount of money he has been bought for, he has been too hot and cold. He looks completely out of sorts. Since he’s arrived in the IPL, he doesn’t look like the player he was against England,”
“Not sure if it has to do with wickets (conditions) or money pressure, but if you look at Maxwell’s performance in the IPL over an extended period of time, it has been very hot and cold. Franchises need to re-think whether Glenn Maxwell actually is the match-winner they think he is,”
Further, Gautam Gambhir stated that he would have invested in players like Jonny Bairstow or Kane Williamson instead of Glenn Maxwell. He said:
“As a batsman, I will always have a Jonny Bairstow or a Kane Williamson over Maxwell. They are more consistent, more ensured and you know even their bad season would be around 300-350 runs. But Maxwell can have a 600-run season, but at the same time, he can have a 150-run season as well. So do you wanna have a player who is so hot and cold? I don’t think so. When someone like a Chris Gayle is sitting on the bench, you need to deliver much more,”