Ricky Ponting perplexed by Maxwell's string of failures in IPL
Following the exit of Delhi Daredevils from IPL 2018, Head Coach Ricky Ponting feels that Maxwell is a very talented cricketer who just had an off season.
After DD ended with a wooden spoon in this year’s IPL, Ricky Ponting considered the Delhi batting responsible for the team’s poor display. Stats back the Aussie’s point of view as apart from Rishabh Pant, who currently leads the batting charts with 684 runs in 14 games, no other DD batsman has been able to leave a mark.
One of their big-ticket overseas batsmen in Glenn Maxwell has had a forgettable season. Surprisingly, he entered the IPL with a rich vein of form after ending as the Player of the Tournament in the Trans-Tasman T20 International triangular series against England and New Zealand earlier this year.
Talking about the dip in Maxwell’s form, Coach of both DD and Australia for the T20s, Ricky Ponting said, “I wish I knew. I have spent a long time with Glenn over the years. It was just the triangular series before the IPL that I was with him, we did a lot of work then.”
The Australian batsman has had a very ordinary IPL season, only managing 169 runs in 12 games at an abysmal average of 14.08.
When asked about the constant shuffle in Maxwell’s batting order, Ponting, “When we went to the auction table we picked our group of players and I must admit before the first game I had Glenn Maxwell pencilled in as our No.4 batsman for the tournament. He missed the first game obviously for personal reasons, which meant that Rishabh batted at No.4 and played well.
“When he came back into the side he was batting at No.5, a position where he hasn’t played all that much and having spoken to him a few times during the tournament he just said that he felt frustrated that he hadn’t been able to have an impact on a lot of the games for his team.”
No team would want to even touch Glen Maxwell next year— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) May 18, 2018
However, the coach defended the explosive batsman and maintained that is an outstanding cricketer. “Glenn is an outstanding cricketer, he has had a disappointing IPL this season. We did stick with him because every game for Delhi, even though we couldn’t qualify, we were taking every game as a final. If you look at the overseas batsmen that we have, we all felt that Glenn Maxwell was going to be the best chance to be a match-winner for us,” Ponting concluded the press conference.
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