Glenn Maxwell was the impact player for Kings XI Punjab in their most successful IPL season last year as the Aussie single-handedly saw his team home on many occasions in the initial stages.
He lost steam towards the end but still made it to the XI given his prowess with the bat.
However, time seems to be running out for Maxwell. Failures in the first five outings this season might force the team management to bench him, especially with compatriot Shaun Marsh coming up with a match-winning knock in his first match on Tuesday night.
The big-hitting Aussie has scored 7, 6, 15, 33 and 1 respectively in five matches, giving the team management to look for a better option if the need arises.
While Maxwell has blamed the World Cup high for his recent slump, coach Sanjay Bangar expressed confidence in his ability ahead of the clash against Rajasthan Royals. But the Aussie failed to repay the faith.
What might hurt him more is his struggle against leg-spinners. Maxwell has fallen twice to Imran Tahir and Rahul Tewatia in five outings, and last season saw him getting cleaned up by Tahir, Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla.
Following their match against the Royals, which they won in the Super Over, stand-in captain Virender Sehwag also expressed concern over Maxwell’s form.
“It’s a concern because five games have gone. Hopefully, in the coming games he can score some runs and get back into form and win a couple of games for us,” Sehwag said after the match.
He termed it as part and parcel of the game but it might be difficult for Maxwell to retain his place if his poor form continues.
Injury to skipper George Bailey might work in his favour as it might give him another chance if the former sits out when Kings XI take on Chennai Super Kings in their next encounter.