Chennai: Glenn Maxwell, who scored his first IPL half-century on Wednesday against SunRisers Hyderabad. RCB Skipper Virat Kohli lauded his mettle saying that his team’s No. 4 batsman was the difference in Wednesday’s victory.
After awarded man of the match, Maxwell said, “It’s a very nice start, new franchise for me and they have given me a specific role. To start like this is really nice. It’s nice to have batters behind you, you have freedom with AB to come and it’s a very similar role I have in the Australian cricket team”.
“Kohli’s good at keeping me on task. Having those guys behind me is a nice little luxury. It’s my fourth IPL team and there is pressure on me to turn up and make impact,” added Maxwell.
“The support staff have been backing me as well. It’s just about using the experience. Get myself in and then go for the runs,” he added.
On the other hand, Skipper praised him for his star performance after the match, “I think Maxwell’s innings was the difference for us. It’s about getting momentum in the first six overs, but for us Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) gave us that momentum and got us closer to 150”.
“The extra bowling options made those impact performances in the middle overs. I told the guys, ‘don’t think that we struggled to get to 149. If it was tough for us, it will be tough for them as well’,” Kohli added.
“The wicket was never a belter and tonight our execution under pressure was perfect. The wicket kept getting tougher and tougher with the old ball,” Kohli said further.