Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings exchange amusing banter over Glenn Maxwell's knock
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell had a disastrous campaign with Punjab Kings in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League tournament at the United Arab Emirates. The all-rounder hardly showed defiance at the crease as he departed quickly by playing rash shots. Hence, he was dismissed for cheap scores more often than not.
Shockingly, he did not manage to hit even a single six in the last season. The Punjab-based franchise roped in the all-rounder for INR 10.75 crore in the 2020 auction but he failed to deliver the goods. The 32-year-old managed to score just 108 runs at a miserable batting average of 15.42 and a strike rate of 101.88.
Following his terrible performance with the bat, Punjab Kings decided to release him ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore showed a great deal of interest in Maxwell. RCB acquired the services of Maxwell for Rs 14.25 crore.
RCB and PBKS exchange banter on Twitter
The IPL 2021 got off to a sensational note as Mumbai Indians played against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener in Chennai. Batting first, the defending champions posted 159/9 in their quota of 20 overs. Chris Lynn top-scored with 49. Harshal Patel was the best bowler for RCB as he took 5 wickets.
In reply, RCB got off to a flying start but lost Washington Sundar and Rajat Patidar inside 6 overs. Maxwell came out to bat at number 4 and the all-rounder made an instant impact during the run-chase by playing mesmerizing shots all around the park.
The Australian international was at his best in terms of timing and shot selection where he hit reverse sweeps for boundaries. He managed to score 39 off 28 balls with the help of 3 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 139.29. Maxwell's peak performance came in the 11th over when he smashed 100 m six off Krunal Pandya's bowling.
After this, RCB Twitter admin thanked Punjab Kings for releasing Maxwell. "First Maxi-mum in Red and Gold and he nearly hits it out of Chennai! Thank you @PunjabKingsIPL. We would hug you if not for social distancing," RCB wrote. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings also thanked RCB for giving them the likes of Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mandeep Singh, Sarfraz Khan and Mayank Agarwal.
All these aforementioned players have made a name for themselves at PBKS franchise. In reply, Punjab Kings wrote: "Aww and thank you for Gayle, KL, Mandy, Sarfaraz, Mayank…" Then again, RCB replied: "You missed jersey, helmet, pads…and logo? But between us, who's keeping count?"