Glenn Maxwell has entertained, and frustrated, the fans, his team and himself. A couple of slog sweeps, a scoop and an inside edge boundary were all there in the 14 deliveries faced across three games that have fetched 28 runs. But normally his success percentage is far better.Maxwell usually has fun in practice, is calm during a game and comes across as humble. Ahead of the Sydney game against India during the tri-series in January, a young boy turned up at the Australian nets to meet Maxwell.
When informed, the all- rounder signed an autograph, posed for a photograph and took off his training cap and placed it on the boy’s head. The young fan would remember the gesture for ever.
He set the World Cup alight, but runs have dried up since then and the fun at the nets too has vanished. If he is not batting or bowling, he sits in the dugout or heads back to the pavilion. On Friday, after training, he picked up the gloves from his kit bag, hurled abuses at them and threw them back in.
After he was dismissed against Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday for a five-ball 15, he lost his cool. He stormed to the dugout and threw his bat and gloves.
There is also the case of David Miller, the other half of Kings XI Punjab’s explosive middle-order duo. 23 runs off 21 balls, 24 off 23 and 5 off seven in his first three outings this season highlight his rustiness; this after South Africa’s World Cup semifinal loss.
“Me personally or the team? You don’t think I’m doing ok?” Miller snapped when asked about his form. He quickly got defensive: “Only the last game, I’ve got what four, yeah?”
So, one asks Miller how he took up cricket and about his education. He snaps: “(I’ve studied) nothing, just cricket. Have you studied anything?”