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Maxwell ready to again put on 'Big show' for Kings XI Punjab

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December 19, 2019 21:21 IST
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Glenn Maxwell, who has in the past represented the Punjab side in the IPL, is returning to cricket after a two-month hiatus to take care of his mental health.

IMAGE: Glenn Maxwell, who has in the past represented Kings XI Punjab, is returning to cricket after a two-month hiatus to take care of his mental health. Photograph: BCCI

From hitting a nadir mentally to hitting the jackpot on his comeback, Glenn Maxwell has had quite a ride in a matter of months.

Two months back, Maxwell felt "ruined" and perhaps wanted to be somewhere which wouldn't be remotely close to the 22 yards.

But cricket, as they say, is a great leveller in every sense of the term. The game that seemed to have pushed him towards depression has now fetched him a cool $US1.51 million (Rs 10.75 crore) and probably given him a chance to pick up the pieces and start afresh.

 

"Got a lot of great memories Kings XI and can't wait to create some more amazing ones next year. Looking forward to getting back over its been a few years since I've been there. A lot of familiar faces there, great franchise. Can't wait to get back to Mohali and hopefully entertain the crowd," Maxwell posted a video message on his official Twitter account.

For someone, who is yet to fulfil his true potential for Australia, Maxwell has always been a big draw for the IPL franchises, especially Kings XI Punjab, where he was much sought after.

No wonder then that as he begins a fresh journey after his battles with mental illness, there couldn't have been a better franchise to start off with than KXIP, where fans once fondly called him "Glenpreet Singh'.

"He was very much on our radar. We needed one of those X-factors. He's been with us in the past so he knows the exact layout of the team," KXIP CEO Sathish Menon said after their franchise won the intense bidding war.

But as Menon put it aptly, he brings the 'X-factor' that the franchises look for in a tournament like IPL. Maxwell has the ability to hit those big sixes, some of them landing on the top tier of the stadiums.

The franchise is aware about his battles with mental illness but feels that he is now back in the zone and if the ball would be in the arc, it would land out of the park.

"On the mental issues, these things come and go. I'm sure he's coming out of it. We have been tracking him a lot. We're sure he's back in his zone. We certainly wanted him, we would have filled that slot at any cost," Menon said.

Kings XI Punjab's one and only final appearance was in 2013 and it was Maxwell's carnage at the start of the tournament that gave them that advantage.

It's time again, he plays that role and gets his place back in that Australian dressing room where he rightfully belongs.

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