Last season's million-dollar man is looting the happiness of Indian Premier League teams this season. Glenn Maxwell has been the toast of this year's tournament so far and the Aussie all-rounder is justifying every penny Kings XI spent on him at the February auctions. Ignored by Mumbai Indians this season, Kings XI clinched Maxwell at six times his base price of Rs 1 crore after Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils made desperate bids for the 25-year-old Victorian. (Scorecard | Highlights | Match report)
Maxwell has set the desert on fire. With knocks of 95, 89 and 95, Maxwell has tormented bowling attacks but what has caught the eye is his ability to improvise on strokes and catch everyone by surprise. Maxwell has played the switch-hit to perfection and some of his strokes have defied the grammar book. Even Kevin Pietersen, the man who made the switch-hit famous, will have to think of better methods to overtake the rampaging Aussie. (Also read: Dhawan rues dropped catches)
The Melbourne Renegades star has transformed the way Kings XI Punjab are playing their cricket this season. On Tuesday night, Kings XI batted first. This was the first time they were not chasing a score. After Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara gave Kings XI a decent start, Maxwell pressed the accelerator and took full advantage of Sharjah's flat batting track. This win will give the team a lot more confidence in its future games.