Glenn Maxwell was a relatively unknown cricket player in the international arena, but when IPL franchise Mumbai Indians bought the player for a whopping 1 million US dollars, cricket fans have become curious about this Aussie cricketer who fetched Rs 5.3 crore. He has become the most expensive player to be bought by a franchise in the IPL 6 auctions held on February 3 in Chennai.
In 2011, he had once caught the attention of many when he scored 50 runs from 19 balls, which also put his name in the record books for the fastest century in Australian inter-state one day cricket. The Mumbai
franchise also must have taken note of his half century against the West Indies on February 1, as he scored 51 runs from 35 balls. This innings could not have come at a more appropriate time for the Australian – just two days before the IPL
auctions. Nita Ambani made it pretty clear later - Glenn Maxwell was one of their main targets during the auctions. The franchise wanted Maxwell very badly in their squad, as his base price, which initially stood at USD 200,000 - rose to USD 1 million in no time during the bidding.
Glenn Maxwell, apart from being a clean striker of a cricket ball, is also a good spin bowler. It is handy for any team to have a player like Maxwell who can bat and bowl, and he is also a good fielder. He is a player of today's generation - try his hand in all departments of the game. It is the shorter format of the game, which demands the player to be at least two dimensional. Maxwell is only going to bolster the Mumbai Indians squad, which already comprises of great all rounders like Kieron Pollard
, Dwayne Smith, James Franklin. It would not be surprising if Maxwell replaces Frankllin in their starting eleven as he adds an element of an explosive batsmen and a spinner, which is helpful under Indian conditions.
But the player has not even played ten matches in either of the format, T20 or ODI, for Australia. In spite of not having a great experience of playing at the international level for Australia, Mumbai Indians has spotted a talent, which they expect to be successful. He is regarded as one of the best T20 players in Australia. He was also a member of the Aussie team that played in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20. He has been gradually coming up the ranks and is said to be the kid to watch out for the future.
But the player's record in the shorter format in various leagues around the world has helped him gain experience, which he needs to replicate in the IPL for Mumbai Indians. Glenn Maxwell, apart from playing the domestic T20 League in Australia, has also played for Hampshire in the Friends T20 tournament in England. His strike rate in the Australia's Big Bash League stands above 150. This strike rate also played an important role in bringing the Aussie player to the Mumbai franchise.
Indian fans are expected a get a closer look at the Australian player who has been named in the Australian squad, which is touring India for a Test series alter this month. He can also use the series to acclimatise with the Indian conditions for IPL 6, as he is going to play an important role for Mumbai Indians in the sixth edition of the IPL.