The Australian hard hitting batsman, Glenn Maxwell, had set the 7th edition of the Indian Premier League on fire by playing quite a few wonderful innings for his team Kings XI Punjab at the start of the tournament, but, he faded as the tournament came to India for the second leg and ended up at the third position in the list of leading run scorers.
Maxwell made three scores of 80 plus in the first three matches that he played in IPL 7 and all of a sudden, he became a superstar in India. People were hugely impressed by his ability of hitting sixes towards midwicket through slog sweep and over third man and point through switch hit.
Thereafter, he was expected to win each and every match for Kings XI Punjab and that pressure seemed to affect his game a little bit. Also, the wickets in India were much different from those in UAE where hitting through the line was easy. The Indian pitches that were used during the tournament had a lot of turn and thus hitting cross batted shots and switch hit was extremely difficult.
Despite that, Maxwell should have performed far better than the way he performed towards the end of the tournament especially in the playoffs. In the two playoff matches that Punjab played, Maxwell didn’t manage to get into the double figures in either of them. He, in fact, got out on a golden in the final match which was played at Bangalore.
The 25-year old all rounder who is known as the Big Show, however, was declared the most valuable player of the tournament. There was a close fight between him and Dwayne Smith, the Chennai Super Kings opener, for that award, but, he won it at the end.