Glenn Maxwell is also known as ‘The Big Show’, for his big hitting. The Australian batting all-rounder is one of the best when it comes to clean and powerful hitting of the ball to all parts of the ground.
The only thing that stops him from being one of the best cricketers in the world is the lack of consistency. ‘Maxi’, as he likes to call himself, also bowls his off-spinners occasionally and is an exceptional fielder who primarily stands at point.
Glenn Maxwell - Along the Years
Joined the Melbourne Renegades
ODI debut against Afghanistan
Joined the Delhi Daredevils (now known as Delhi Capitals)
Played in the ICC World Twenty20 2012
T20I debut against Pakistan
Joined the Melbourne Stars
Test debut against India
Joined the Mumbai Indians
Played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013
Joined the Kings XI Punjab
Played in the ICC World Twenty20 2014
Won the ICC World Cup 2015
Received the Allan Border Medal
Received the Allan Border Medal
Became second Australian to score hundreds in all three formats
Played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017
Joined the Delhi Daredevils (now known as Delhi Capitals) again
Received the Allan Border Medal
Played in the ICC World Cup 2019
Domestic or T20 League Records
Scored the fastest fifty (19 balls) in Ryobi Cup (now known as Marsh One-Day Cup) in 2011
Most expensive player in 2013 IPL auctions ($1 million US)
Scored the fastest ODI century by an Australian (52 balls) against Sri Lanka in 2015 World Cup
The same century was also the second-fastest century in World Cup cricket
Recorded the then second-highest individual score in a T20I (145*), and now is fourth in the list
Second Australian to score centuries in all three formats at the international level
Maxwell is the first batsman to hit a century in his maiden T20 innings as an opener
Received the Allan Border Medal for being the Australian Men’s T20I Player of the Year in 2015
Received the Allan Border Medal for being the Australian Men’s ODI Player of the Year in 2016
Received the Allan Border Medal for being the Australian Men’s T20I Player of the Year in 2019
Maxwell joined the Victorian squad for playing domestic cricket in the year 2009. He then played in the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes tournament in 2010 and was the ‘Player of the Tournament’ in a successful campaign for Australia. He was then selected to play in the 2010 Emerging Players Tournament representing the Australian Institute of Sports.
He became a prominent member of the Victorian side in the limited overs format. He then registered the fastest fifty in the history of the Australian domestic one day tournament, which is now known as the Marsh One-Day Cup. Later, he once again played the 2011 Emerging Players Tournament.
In 2012, he went to England to play club cricket for South Wilts and domestic cricket for Hampshire. Due to his performances this season, Maxi earned himself a national call-up.
He made his international debut in an ODI against Afghanistan cricket team on 25 August 2012 in the UAE. He played an important innings to save his country from defeat in the second ODI and also registered his maiden international half-century in the next game.
Maxwell made his T20I debut on the same tour against Pakistan on 5 September 2012. He was soon picked to play for Australia in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20.
He was picked on the tour to India where he made his Test debut on 2 March 2013. He could not stand upto his expectations and thus did not receive many more opportunities in the longest format.
In 2013, he was picked to play in the ICC Champions Trophy. He scored 61 runs in a couple of games before Australia were knocked out in the early stages of the tournament.
After a brilliant performance in the 2014 edition of the IPL, he was in the squad for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. He scored 147 runs at a whopping strike rate of 210 and was picked in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ by ICC.
He then had another stint in the English domestic competitions and made a return to Test cricket in the UAE. He once again failed to perform well. However, because of his performances in limited-overs cricket, he was picked to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. In this tournament, he registered the fastest century by an Australian in ODIs and second-fastest century in World Cup cricket. With this performance, he entered into the Top 10 of the ICC ODI Batsmen Rankings. Australia won the tournament eventually in home conditions and Glenn was named in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ by ICC. In the same year, Cricket Australia presented him the Allan Border medal for the Men's T20I Player of the Year.
In 2016, he opened the T20I innings for the first time against Sri Lanka and scored a hundred; becoming the first batsman in T20I cricket to do so. He slammed 145* off 65 balls, which was the second highest individual score then. Due to this innings, the Aussies posted 263/6, the highest team total in T20Is. His wonderful 2016 continued when he won another Allan Border Medal, this time for being the Men's ODI Player of the Year.
In 2017, Maxwell scored his first Test century against India in India, thus becoming only the second Australian (after Shane Watson) and thirteenth cricketer overall to score an international century in all three formats. He played just game in the ICC Champions Trophy later in the year.
He was then overlooked for a place in the ODIs in England and captain Steve Smith’s words for Maxwell in a press conference did not go down well with his parents as they were pretty upset with the incident. After a great BBL 2017/18, he was then picked to play against New Zealand and England in 2018. He scored a century in this series and became the only Australian to score more than one T20I hundreds.
He was a part of Australia’s squad for the ICC World Cup 2019.
IPL and BBL career
Maxwell got signed by the Melbourne Renegades to play in the inaugural edition of the Big Bash League in 2011/12. He played six innings and scored 124 runs for them before getting injured and missing the rest of the tournament.
He also got his first IPL contract when Delhi Daredevils (now known as Delhi Capitals) brought him as a replacement in the 2012 IPL season. In the same year, he even played the now defunct Champions League Twenty20 for Hampshire.
In the 2012/13 BBL, he joined the Melbourne Stars. He scored 145 runs including a fifty and took 1 wicket in 7 matches in the season.
Maxwell became the most expensive player in the 2013 IPL auctions when the eventual champions Mumbai Indians bought him for $1 million US (INR 53,685,500). Although, he played just 3 matches for them and scored 36 runs. Therefore, they did not retain the Australian for the next edition.
He then moved to Kings XI Punjab after being bought by them for INR 6 crores. It worked wonders for the side as he became their highest run-getter in the tournament and also the third-highest overall. He amassed 552 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 136 including 5 fifties. He also picked a wicket in the tournament.
In the 2014/15 BBL season, Maxi scored 118 runs including a fifty and picked up 2 wickets in 6 matches for the Renegades.
In IPL 2015, he looked a pale shadow of the 2014 IPL Maxwell, as he could manage only 145 runs in 11 matches and picked up only 2 wickets.
Two years later, in 2017, he took over the captaincy of Kings XI. With responsibility, he performed better as he scored 310 runs in 14 games at a strike rate of 173 and also picked 7 wickets for the team. Although, he missed out on scoring in a lot of games.
In the 2017/18 edition of the BBL, he had a point to prove to the Australian team management who had not picked him for the ODIs in England. He registered excellent numbers for the Men in Red as he scored 299 runs in 9 games at an average of 37 and a strike rate of 154. It earned him a place in the next series for Australia.
Maxi shifted base back to the Delhi franchise in IPL 2018. He scored 169 runs at a strike rate of 140 and took 5 wickets in 12 matches as they finished at the bottom of the points table.
Glenn Maxwell's father is Neil Maxwell and his mother's name is Joy Maxwell. He has a brother by name Daniel Maxwell and he is engaged to his fiance Vini Raman.