He’s not the big cheese anymore, the big mac, the Big Show: Swann on Maxwell
Former England spinner Graeme Swann has said that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has surprised him more than anyone after playing an all-new role in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
He also said that Maxwell has been in very good shape and very fit at the moment. But he’s not anymore that destructive batsman for which he’s known for in international cricket. Maxwell’s attacking batting earned him the nickname ‘The Big Show’ but Swann believes that that nickname isn’t appropriate at all for the Australian all-rounder right now.
“He surprised me more than anyone. I thought it was a bonkers amount of money they spent on him in the auction. But they said ‘no, he has got the strike rate in the middle, we’re backing him’. Sanjay Bangar has been the batting coach the last two times he has been among the runs. I think he feels happy, he feels relaxed. He played really good shots. He’s got his reverse hit back,” Swann said on Star Sports.
“He’s not the big cheese anymore, the big mac, the Big Show… whatever you call him. He’s nowhere near being the Big Show. But he’s got Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the team, and it really suits him, to be that third player who can just go out there and express himself, without having to carry the team. This suits him. He looks in a very good place, he looks very fit,” Swann added.
Maxwell scored two consecutive half-centuries for the second time in IPL history on Sunday against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He’s been second highest-scorer till now in the tournament with 176 runs in 3 matches at an average of 58.66 and strike-rate of 149.15.