Harsh words from coach Lehmann led to transformation of Glenn Maxwell
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is the most sought after players in world cricket at present; owing to his brilliant batting performance in the ongoing IPL.
Maxwell, who is at the top spot in the list of Orange Cap holders with 533 runs in this IPL, has changed the fortunes for his team Punjab, who has managed to reach the semi-finalist stage only once in the history of IPL.
Maxwell, who has been referred to as the 'new Gayle', struggled to hold a firm place in the national team after being publicly criticized for his careless stroke play and repetitive failures by coach Darren Lehmann earlier this year.
“Maxwell has to finish those games off for us,” said Lehmann, who is a former Australian cricketer. “He is a batting all-rounder but has to show the responsibility to bat at No.6. We know he has the flair and excitement, and love that about him, but we want him to understand the game better.” he added.
Maxwell, 25 had been subject to criticism by the Indian media last year when he failed to justify his value of $1 million in the IPL after being chosen by the Mumbai Indians. The Victorian born was described as a “million dollar waste”.
When asked if he expected another million dollar cheque by any franchise for IPL 2014, Maxwell jokingly said, “Not this year,”
However, few knew that the hardworking and modest Maxwell would be wrong. Kings XI Punjab, owned by Priety Zinta, Ness Wadia and other prominent figures showed faith in Maxwell by announcing him as a permanent installation in the team. Innovative and fearless Maxwell has been awarded 'Man of the Match' for majority of the matches that he has played for KXIP in this season.
Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that Lehmann's words led to a beautiful transformation of Maxwell, which is currently being witnessed in the form of his massive and confident hitting in the IPL tournament.