Glenn Maxwell of Kings XI Punjab has been one of the disappointing performers in IPL 2020 as the team is almost staring at one more failed campaign in their IPL history. Many things have not clicked for KXIP in the ongoing season and they have ended up losing six out of eight games, though their skipper KL Rahul is leading the run-scoring charts. Maxwell believes that luck is not on their side and also blamed his side for not performing under pressure.
Kings XI Punjab had bought Glenn Maxwell for a hefty price of INR 10.75 Crores last IPL Auction. However, he has given an enormous dissatisfaction to the team. Till now, the 32-year-old has scored just 58 runs in the seven innings he played, with no big score. But, there is an instance of his under-utilization as well. Maxwell hasn’t faced enough deliveries and was under pressure to hit big shots from the beginning. The Australian all-rounder failed constantly and that has harmed the team.
Glenn Maxwell explains the situation
Though Kings XI Punjab won their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, they had lost their seventh game against Kolkata Knight Riders after being in a winning situation. Chasing the target of 165, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal built a 115-run stand before losing their way. Everything came down to Glenn Maxwell to score 13 runs in the last over and seven off the final delivery. Maxwell hit one to the extra cover region; but, KXIP lost by two runs as the ball landed inches away from the rope.
Glenn Maxwell accepts that luck is not on their side in IPL 2020. He said that against Delhi Capitals, the umpire wrongly called a run short as KXIP lost the Super Over. Against the Rajasthan Royals, one terrible over cost them the game. The 32-year-old further pointed out that those precious moments could have an enormous impact on T20 cricket.
“A little bit of luck will help. If you look at the first game, we scored more runs than Delhi, the umpire wrongly called a short run (KXIP lost in the Super Over). We could have started with two wins in a row, and then we bowled one bad over against RR which ended up getting them back into the game. Unfortunately, little moments like that haven’t been taken. We’ve spoken at length about taking those key moments.”
“In T20, you make one mistake and it can sort of get compounded. We feel we’ve played good cricket this year to win most of our games, we just haven’t been on the right side of luck in this tournament. In T20, luck can play a big part, and teams riding their luck and going well with it can get on a bit of a run,” Maxwell told Hindustan Times.