Is dropping Maxwell become essential for KXIP

Glenn Maxwell is one of the biggest superstars in the world cricket. Or is he? Ever by taking the world by storm in his early years. A brilliant run of form in the 2014 IPL and an integral part of the 2015 Australia’s World Cup-winning team. But since then, a dip of form. In the process, he also has been dropped from his national side.

IPL 2020 is going on and we are almost in the middle stage of the event. Kings XI Punjab have never won the IPL and their best result dates back to 2014 when they reached the final and end up on the losing side against Kolkata Knight Riders.

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2014 IPL edition was also held partially in the UAE. The dominant KXIP team that reached the final of 2014, one of the main contributing factors was Glenn Maxwell who was their star player that season. He scored 552 runs that season with a strike-rate of 187.

In the 2020 edition is going on in the UAE and the whole tournament is scheduled at UAE. KXIP are currently at the bottom of the table and out of many factors, one of the factors is Glenn Maxwell. He had not performed up to his standards so far in the tournament and had scores of 1, 5, 13, 11, and 11 so far. With a total of 41 runs in five matches. Pretty low as per the standards of Maxwell. And the stage has reached where the franchise must look to other options as well if they want to qualify for the play-offs.

KXIP have struggled so far big-time losing four out of five matches and three on the trot. The team had relied heavily upon their openers, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul who have scored most of the runs so far for the team and are in the top 3 run-getters.

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Glenn Maxwell had a poor run of form at IPL 2020

The overseas players that KXIP had played so far include; Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Jordan, James Neesham. They haven’t used Chris Gayle, Mujeeb ur Rahman, and Hardus Viljoen.

Kings XI Punjab are leaving out big names that include Chris Gayle and Mujeeb ur Rahman because they are playing Glenn Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran, who haven’t performed well so far in the five matches. The team is now in a position where they have to win seven out of the remaining nine games if they want to fancy their chances in the play-offs.

Chris Gayle and Mujeeb ur Rehman might play soon, that what KXIP batting coach, Wasim Jaffer thinks. He said, “It should happen soon. As I said, it needs to happen sooner than later. We don’t want to bring them when every game is a must win game. Hopefully, we will have those guys featuring soon.”

“Chris looks very much ready and is keen to get on to the park, he has been training really well and has looked really good in the nets.”

“He is such an impact player; we all know what he can do. I hope he turns up and turns it on straightaway and changes the tide for all of us. He looks hungry and that is a very good sign for the franchise.”

“I am hoping he plays quickly. We need match-winners, as many as possible. Not just for the next game, also for the rest of the tournament as he can easily win you four-five games on his own.”

Glenn Maxwell arrived in the UAE on the back of strong performances in the limited-overs series against England in the UK. In the three ODI match series, Maxwell scored that 186 runs that include a brilliant 108 off 90 balls in the deciding match that ended up in a record-breaking partnership with Alex Carey for the 6th wicket.