Maxwell reveals unusual game plan to dismiss KL Rahul
The cricket fraternity is all set to witness a great spectacle as Australia and India will lock horns with each other in three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests. The tour kicks off with ODI series and the first match is scheduled to be played on November 27 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, SCG.
Earlier, BCCI announced Team India squads for three formats. KL Rahul who won the orange cap in the recently-concluded IPL with 670 runs in 14 innings including a century and 5 half-centuries has impressed the national selectors. The right-handed batsman deservedly earned a spot in all squads. He was also named the vice-captain in limited-overs series.
His inclusion in Test team gives him an opportunity to showcase his mettle. Moreover, with Indian captain Virat Kohli expected to return after playing the first Test in Adelaide, KL Rahul should deliver the goods in the red-ball format. When he went about his business during the IPL season, bowlers found it really hard to take his wicket.
We should get KL Rahul out: Maxwell
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell believes that it would be a daunting task for the bowlers to pick KL Rahul’s wicket in the forthcoming series. Rahul is in imperious touch with the bat and could be a nightmare to the bowlers. During Australia’s team management meeting, Maxwell came up with a cheeky idea of running KL Rahul, adding that it is the only way to take his wicket.
“He was a gun [in the IPL], We [Australia] had a team meeting the other day and they came to me and asked how I thought we should get Rahul out, and one of things I said was try and run him out.
“So I think that’s what we’re going to try and do the whole way through the series, try and run him out and hope for the best. He’s a great performer got a great temperament, great head on his shoulders and is extremely calm in pressure situations,” Maxwell told cricket.com.au.
The all-rounder had a terrible season in the IPL as he scored just 108 runs in 11 innings. He received criticism from every nook and corner of the cricket fraternity. However, Maxwell said he is trying to put the IPL performance aside.
“I was hitting the ball fine [in the IPL], I just wasn’t getting much of a crack but that can happen. I’m now looking at the bigger picture and understanding my role in the Australian side, trying to put the IPL aside and thinking about what I need to do to get ready for every game,” he said while speaking about his poor IPL form.