Needed a destructive player: Kumble on Maxwell

Needed a destructive player: Kumble on Maxwell

Australian Glenn Maxwell was bought by Kings XI punjab for Rs 10.75 crore, Anil Kumble said that they needed firepower in the middle-order

Kings XI Punjab head coach Anil Kumble on Thursday said his franchise went all out for Glenn Maxwell in the IPL auction as the team needed firepower in the middle-order.

KXIP, who went into the auction with the biggest available purse of Rs 42.70 crore, spent Rs 10.75 crore for Australia’s Maxwell and Rs 8.50 crore for West Indian pacer Sheldon Cottrell.

“For us, the gaps that we had to fill were pretty evident. We had to fill the fast bowlers slots and also the powerhitters because for us, in the middle order we needed someone who could really be a destructive player and that’s why we chose Glenn Maxwell,” Kumble said.

“Of course all-rounders are a blessing, if you can get one. And we were lucky to get (Jimmy) Neesham, (Sheldon) Cottrell and (Chris) Jordan. Obviously, the choice or the money that we had to spend was more on the four foreign players,” said the spin great.

On buying young pacer Ishan Porel for his base price of Rs 20 lakh, Kumble said: “The idea was to have an Indian fast bowler. Ishan has done really well in domestic cricket. He is someone who we had identified and he’s I think a good backup for Mohammad Shami both come from the same Ranji team (Bengal).”

In the middle of the auction, KXIP also announced K L Rahul as their skipper for the 2020 edition.

“I think we have seen one of the best captains in Indian cricket being a wicket keeper and batsman (M S Dhoni). I think we also have Nicholas Pooran in the team so yes I mean still a few months before we sit down and identify who’s gonna keep wickets,” he said referring to the wicketkeeping options, Rahul and Pooran.

Maxwell hits 83 off 39

Maxwell, meanwhile, smashed a scintillating 83 off 39 balls for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, a day after the IPL auctions.

Returning to action after taking a break to focus on his mental health, Maxwell once again showed just why he is considered one of the most devastating batsmen in T20 cricket as he smashed seven boundaries and five sixes.

The 31-year-old also equalled his fastest ever fifty (23 balls) on way to the blistering knock at the Metricon Stadium to help his team post 167 for 7 against Brisbane Heat.

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