Glenn Maxwell, a right-handed batsman from Melbourne, has become one of the most explosive batsmen to represent Australia at the international level.
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However, with explosivity, comes inconsistency. It is exactly Glenn Maxwell’s case – all or nothing. The Big Show, an affectionate nickname given to Glenn Maxwell, was often used to ridicule him as well at the times when things didn’t go well.
However, it is beyond doubt, he has always shown himself as a charismatic batsman who could counter any bowling attack anywhere in the world. He would change the course of the match with his single-handed flying catch or a fast direct hit ensuring a run out.
Truly a legend of the new generation, he has had a great IPL and ODI career with plenty of notable achievements.
The rise of Glenn Maxwell, Australian all-rounder, started with his performance in Australian domestic cricket, playing for Victoria and scoring a 19-ball half-century, as well as in the Big Bash League (BBL). Maxwell, known as the Big Show, is famous for his extravagant, unconventional and effortless hitting abilities.
He first made an appearance in the 2012 IPL auctions where Delhi Daredevils (currently known as Delhi Capitals) brought him in as a replacement for Travis Birt. That season, Maxwell could only get to play a couple of games. In the very next season, Glenn Maxwell, bought by Mumbai Indians for an enormous amount of USD 1 Million, became the most expensive player of the 2013 IPL auctions. Mumbai Indians won the championship that season, however, Glenn Maxwell participated in 3 matches only. A million-dollar purchase ended up scoring 36 runs and taking no wickets.
Although Mumbai Indians did not retain Maxwell for the 2014 season, they bid for him heavily. Eventually, he went to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for INR 6 Crore. It proved to be a masterstroke as Glenn Maxwell, scoring 4 half-centuries, helped KXIP reach the finals of the IPL 2014. With 552 runs at an extravagant strike rate of 187, Maxwell became their top scorer and the third-highest overall in that season.
The IPL 2015 turned out to be rather anticlimactic especially after the kind of season he had had a year earlier. Glenn Maxwell managed to score only 145 runs in 11 innings at a low, by his own standards, strike rate of around 130. The IPL 2016 wasn’t great either with Glenn Maxwell scoring just 179 runs at a slightly better strike rate of about 145.
Glenn Maxwell was trusted with the captaincy in the IPL 2017 which did help him perform better and bring out the bowler that had been underused until then in the IPLs. Maxwell had the second-best IPL season scoring 310 runs at a strike rate of over 170. He also took 7 wickets – the most for him achieved in a season.
Despite a good season with KXIP, Glenn Maxwell returned to the Delhi franchise in 2018. He nearly replicated the 2016 season with 169 runs at a strike rate of about 140. He opted out of the IPL 2019 to prepare for the 2019 ODI World Cup and Ashes the same summer. For the IPL 2020, he was bought back by KXIP for an enormous amount of INR 10.75 Crore. The 2020 IPL is yet to begin.
Overall, Glenn Maxwell has played 69 matches scoring 1397 runs at a superb strike rate of above 160 with 109 fours and 91 big sixes. The Big Show is fourth in terms of strike rate among the players who have played 50 or more IPL games. In addition, Glenn Maxwell has 16 wickets to his name in about 70 overs he has bowled in the IPLs.
It was obvious from the beginning that Glenn Maxwell’s game was more suited to the shorter formats of cricket. He was an explosive batsman who could bowl part-time off spin and a gun fielder. Glenn Maxwell made his ODI debut at Sharjah against Bangladesh in 2012. His first half-century came in the 4th game where he scored a match-winning 56 not out in just 38 balls against Pakistan.
Glenn Maxwell played only 4 matches for Australia in 2012. By the end of 2013, he became the mainstay for Australia in ODIs. He scored close to 400 runs at an average of 32 – pretty decent for a middle-order batsman. The next year was a bit disappointing as Maxwell’s form got worse by the end of 2014. Nevertheless, selectors still had high hopes for him and he was chosen to be a part of the squad for the 2015 ODI World Cup which would be played home.
The decision was completely vindicated as by the end of the 2015 World Cup Glenn Maxwell scored 324 runs at an average of around 65 and a strike rate of over 180. The World Cup performance also included a record-breaking century against Sri Lanka – 103 not out in just 53 deliveries with 10 fours and 4 towering sixes. It was the fastest century ever made by an Australia batsman and second-fastest overall in World Cups. Add to it the handy off spin and great fielding, Glenn Maxwell proved to be the X factor for Australia which eventually became the first country to win the World Cup at home. As a result, Maxwell was chosen by the ICC in the Team of The World Cup.
Glenn Maxwell averaged 46 in ODIs in 2015. The same year he became, for the first time, one of the Top-10 batsmen in the ICC ODI rankings. His great performances continued in 2016 as well when he got the Allan Border Medal being awarded ODI Player of the Year in Australia.
All good things must come to an end, so did his excellent results that were obviously worsening during the next couple of years. Maxwell returned to form just before the 2019 ODI World Cup. The absence of Warner and Smith required Glenn Maxwell to take more responsibility. He did not let down those who believed in him and got his place secured for the 2019 World Cup. Maxwell had a below par World Cup scoring just 177 runs in 10 matches.
Overall, Glenn Maxwell has scored 2877 runs in 110 ODIs at an average of 32 and a superb strike rate of 123. Moreover, he has 50 wickets in ODIs with an economy rate of under 6 runs an over.