Glenn Maxwell struggles to validate $2.2 million IPL contract

He’s one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket, but Glenn Maxwell has struggled to prove his worth in the Indian Premier League.

The Kings XI Punjab signed Maxwell on a $2.2 million contract, hoping the Victorian would provide plenty of fireworks in the middle order throughout the T20 tournament.

But after 11 innings, Maxwell is yet to even muster a six for the franchise.

The 32-year-old has scored 108 runs in 13 appearances during the 2020 competition, boasting a high score of 32.

His tournament strike rate of 101.88 is the lowest of all players with more than 103 runs in this year’s IPL.

In comparison, Australian teammate Pat Cummins — who is not recognised as a strike batsman — has struck 131 runs for the Kolkata Knight Riders in 10 innings this year, including seven sixes.

Maxwell once again struggled to find quick runs during Friday evening’s loss to the Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi, his six runs at the death coming from six deliveries.

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir believes Maxwell is at risk of losing his spot in the side.

“Probably one of the worst seasons he is having as a player. It is hurting Kings XI big time because they have so many expectations from Glenn Maxwell and he just couldn’t deliver, probably from the start till now,” Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo this week.

“Who do you replace with Glenn Maxwell with? You have spent so much money on him?

“You’ve tried him at No. 3, you have tried him at No. 4. Probably this was the ideal bowling line-up to actually see the best of Maxwell. But he has struggled clearly in this season.”

Glenn Maxwell this season:
1 v #DC
5 v #RCB
13* v #RR
11 v #MI
11* v #CSK
7 v #SRH
10* v #KKR
0 v #MI
32 v #DC
12 v #SRH

102 runs; 100 balls; No sixes#KXIPvSRH #IPL2020 pic.twitter.com/pKKN6xk6C8

Meanwhile, T20 powerhouse Chris Gayle plundered a 63-ball 99 for Kings XI before he was bowled by English paceman Jofra Archer in the 20th over.

The West Indies superstar’s innings included six boundaries and eight sixes, and the 41-year-old became the first cricketer to hit 1000 career sixes in the T20 format.

The Royals chased the target of 186 with 15 balls to spare, Rajasthan skipper Steve Smith smacking 31 not out during the run chase.

English all-rounder Ben Stokes contributed a quick-fire half-century, his 26-ball cameo featuring six boundaries and three sixes.

Currently sitting in fourth spot on the IPL ladder with six wins, the Kings XI Punjab will next face the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday evening AEDT.

On Thursday, Maxwell was included in Australia’s 18-player squad to face India in the upcoming ODI and T20 series.

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