Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has expressed delight at Glenn Maxwell starting the Indian Premier League 2021 season on a high for his new franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore. Lee said Virat Kohli’s presence has helped Maxwell focus better in the middle.
Brett Lee’s comments came after Glenn Maxwell hit a match-winning 59 in just 41 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad in difficult batting conditions at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Match 6 of IPL 2021 on Wednesday.
Glenn Maxwell stitched a crucial 44-run stand with Virat Kohli as the two kept the scoreboard moving after David Warner won the toss and sent RCB into bat. Even after Kohli departed for 33 and AB de Villiers fell for 1, Maxwell carried on and batted till the end for RCB, making sure the former finalists posted a par total of 149.
Maxwell hit as many as 3 sixes and 5 boundaries as he looked the best batsmen on the park in Chennai. Maxwell’s match-winning knock vs SRH comes after his crucial 28-ball 39 in RCB’s season-opening win over Mumbai Indians last Friday.
Notably, the 59 on Wednesday was Maxwell’s first fifty-plus score in the IPL since 2016. It was only his 7th fifty in the history of the tournament wherein he had failed to live up to expectations.
“Playing in new colours, I believe, has really helped Maxwell this season. As far as the 2 games are concerned, he has batted with Kohli a fair bit. I think Kohli been a great asset for him,” Brett Lee told Star Sports on Wednesday.
“He brings his concentration back in the play. He brings the heart rate down. He (Kohli) is a good ally next to him. He displayed very good temperament and started the tournament so well.”
Maxwell was released by Punjab Kings after a woeful IPL in 2020 where he managed to score at an average of less than 20 runs. He did not hit a single six in the UAE as he let down KL Rahul’s men on more than one occasion.