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  • POSTED BY Wolverine77 on | April 22, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Good slogging supported with poor bowling and poor fielding.

  • POSTED BY Vikramaditya100 on | April 19, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    every ball he faces, he brings a sense of anticipation not just to the spectators but also to the bowler. you cannot dare to take your eye of the match when he bats.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 19, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    What ai innings.? Thoroughly enjoyed the game . Maxwell is worth a million .can some one tell me how many times 200 has been chased in t 20 game.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 19, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Maxwell has the potential to be a really great player. He needs to check his shots though. He often gets too creative too fast which spells his downfall. Admittedly, he needed to take risks yesterday, but he does need to find a slower gear to excel in other formats. As for his future with KXIP, he cannot be expected to pull off such knocks every time. He will fail, but his value as a utility player is immense. He can bat anywhere in the top 7 and can be brought to up the anti whenever needed. He is the type of player who can accelerate from ball 1 whereas someone like Miller (good as he is) needs some time to set himself in. They both should make a good combination though. This is why I feel that Maxwell's role should not be defined. While he is an ideal No. 3, he should be moved around the order, should the need arise. He really adds the X-factor and utilizing him well could put KXIP in the play offs.

  • POSTED BY steve48 on | April 19, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    As an Englishman, I just wish our Jos Buttler had an ego equal to GM. Awesome innings, great thinking and some great timing of classical strikes to go with the cheeky innovation. Loved his chess game with an otherwise dominant Ashwin, especially his obvious joy at outfoxing him. I actually believe Aussies will be a force in world 50 over cup, with their selection of mercurial batting talent, pace bowling and presumably Clarke to provide some stability. Saved the enjoyment of this match for me, in fact. Was getting bored of watching bowlers powerless on such a plum batting track, but GM cheered me up with his invention and attitude. As for not caring about the match situation, exactly the right mentality chasing 200. Have fun! Young English batting protégés, please watch and learn, especially the 'bubble' mentality, and his enjoyment of the game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Maxwell ur the new Afridi for aussies !

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | April 19, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Super player, and of course he would take marginally lesser risks if the asking rate isn't hovering between 10 and 12. That's why he gave those chances, which CSK didn't take. Or else, Iceman would have simply trotted along beautifully.

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | April 19, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Iron clad ego is a great quality in a sportsman as they won't be fazed by difficult match situations. Maxwell has always looked like that, I think Warner has a touch of the same, but he's quite on that bubble level.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Maxwell is going to be huge in all 3 formats, I think. His next coming in test cricket could have a big impact and I'd be inclined to get him in at no.6 for the test series against Pakistan in October. He clearly doesn't lack for talent and his results are consistently improving, it's a good mix.

  • POSTED BY PandemoniumBawa on | April 19, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Maxwell, the way he played yesterday was not just bashing of the ball.. He was playing unorthodox strokes all over the ground.. It was clear that he didn't attempt too many sixes.. n man, his drives were awesome.. Class act..

  • POSTED BY AngryAngy on | April 19, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    That inability to be fazed by reality was one of Bradman's important qualities. Conventional wisdom tells us that he needs to be able to play to the conditions, but his best quality is that sometimes he looks like he's playing in completely different conditions to everyone else. That's a match-winning trait. All the time he's getting better at selecting his strokes and the runs are coming more easily.

    A lot is made of his reverse sweep as well, but the way Ashwin was bowling legside wides, it was the best shot to have; he could either smash a four or leave it and get an extra. It's not about shelving a crazy shot but improving it. Batsmen get out playing orthodox drives all the time, but the reason is because they play a lot more drives successfully. There is always risk, but not always reward. Improving execution and selection are the fundamentals for any batsman.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | April 19, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    @m0se: I think he can be. He has a decent FC average of 41 with 4 centuries and he is still learning. Unlike Afridi, Maxwell still has 10-12 years left, if you think he will always be like this, i think you are wrong. He will improve, just like Warner, Smith ave improved.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | April 19, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    Good to see Maxwell getting the respect is talent deserved. He was made fun of too much.

  • POSTED BY DC75 on | April 19, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    Awesone composure - he is Australia's X factor, heck he is X factor of any batting line up

  • POSTED BY m0se on | April 19, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    What sort of a batsman he would be if Twenty20 didn't exist? A poor batsman? Maxwell is not like Afridi because he tries to hit the gaps whereas Afridi looks to just clear the fielders. However like Afridi, Maxwell is not a finisher since he always seems to get out before the job is done. He doesn't have a second mode of playing "safe cricket" when the risk taking is not required. Unless he develops that aspect, he will not be one of the "greats" of the game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    Good batting maxwell .big tournament playing

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Well written Karthik, quite an entertaining read !

  • POSTED BY macdee on | April 18, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    He is an exceptional talent no doubt. The match below was a FC match and again he seemed to be in a different bubble than rest of his teammates

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-t20-league-2014/engine/match/669209.html

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    I have always told my friends, "Look out of Maxwell" in both ODIs and T20s. But no one ever cared for me since he didnt finish it and cause an upset.

    For me he is mix of Ricardo Powell and Saeed anwar. He does well against India and is capable of causing upsets like Ricardo did whenever he played against us.

    That said, He was damn lucky to be give 2 easy lives!

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | April 18, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Is it just me or have there been a crazy number of missed sitters so far in the IPL? Could just be a coincidence.

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  • POSTED BY Wolverine77 on | April 22, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Good slogging supported with poor bowling and poor fielding.

  • POSTED BY Vikramaditya100 on | April 19, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    every ball he faces, he brings a sense of anticipation not just to the spectators but also to the bowler. you cannot dare to take your eye of the match when he bats.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 19, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    What ai innings.? Thoroughly enjoyed the game . Maxwell is worth a million .can some one tell me how many times 200 has been chased in t 20 game.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 19, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Maxwell has the potential to be a really great player. He needs to check his shots though. He often gets too creative too fast which spells his downfall. Admittedly, he needed to take risks yesterday, but he does need to find a slower gear to excel in other formats. As for his future with KXIP, he cannot be expected to pull off such knocks every time. He will fail, but his value as a utility player is immense. He can bat anywhere in the top 7 and can be brought to up the anti whenever needed. He is the type of player who can accelerate from ball 1 whereas someone like Miller (good as he is) needs some time to set himself in. They both should make a good combination though. This is why I feel that Maxwell's role should not be defined. While he is an ideal No. 3, he should be moved around the order, should the need arise. He really adds the X-factor and utilizing him well could put KXIP in the play offs.

  • POSTED BY steve48 on | April 19, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    As an Englishman, I just wish our Jos Buttler had an ego equal to GM. Awesome innings, great thinking and some great timing of classical strikes to go with the cheeky innovation. Loved his chess game with an otherwise dominant Ashwin, especially his obvious joy at outfoxing him. I actually believe Aussies will be a force in world 50 over cup, with their selection of mercurial batting talent, pace bowling and presumably Clarke to provide some stability. Saved the enjoyment of this match for me, in fact. Was getting bored of watching bowlers powerless on such a plum batting track, but GM cheered me up with his invention and attitude. As for not caring about the match situation, exactly the right mentality chasing 200. Have fun! Young English batting protégés, please watch and learn, especially the 'bubble' mentality, and his enjoyment of the game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Maxwell ur the new Afridi for aussies !

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | April 19, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Super player, and of course he would take marginally lesser risks if the asking rate isn't hovering between 10 and 12. That's why he gave those chances, which CSK didn't take. Or else, Iceman would have simply trotted along beautifully.

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | April 19, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Iron clad ego is a great quality in a sportsman as they won't be fazed by difficult match situations. Maxwell has always looked like that, I think Warner has a touch of the same, but he's quite on that bubble level.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Maxwell is going to be huge in all 3 formats, I think. His next coming in test cricket could have a big impact and I'd be inclined to get him in at no.6 for the test series against Pakistan in October. He clearly doesn't lack for talent and his results are consistently improving, it's a good mix.

  • POSTED BY PandemoniumBawa on | April 19, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Maxwell, the way he played yesterday was not just bashing of the ball.. He was playing unorthodox strokes all over the ground.. It was clear that he didn't attempt too many sixes.. n man, his drives were awesome.. Class act..

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | April 18, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Is it just me or have there been a crazy number of missed sitters so far in the IPL? Could just be a coincidence.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    I have always told my friends, "Look out of Maxwell" in both ODIs and T20s. But no one ever cared for me since he didnt finish it and cause an upset.

    For me he is mix of Ricardo Powell and Saeed anwar. He does well against India and is capable of causing upsets like Ricardo did whenever he played against us.

    That said, He was damn lucky to be give 2 easy lives!

  • POSTED BY macdee on | April 18, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    He is an exceptional talent no doubt. The match below was a FC match and again he seemed to be in a different bubble than rest of his teammates

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-t20-league-2014/engine/match/669209.html

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Well written Karthik, quite an entertaining read !

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    Good batting maxwell .big tournament playing

  • POSTED BY m0se on | April 19, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    What sort of a batsman he would be if Twenty20 didn't exist? A poor batsman? Maxwell is not like Afridi because he tries to hit the gaps whereas Afridi looks to just clear the fielders. However like Afridi, Maxwell is not a finisher since he always seems to get out before the job is done. He doesn't have a second mode of playing "safe cricket" when the risk taking is not required. Unless he develops that aspect, he will not be one of the "greats" of the game.

  • POSTED BY DC75 on | April 19, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    Awesone composure - he is Australia's X factor, heck he is X factor of any batting line up

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | April 19, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    Good to see Maxwell getting the respect is talent deserved. He was made fun of too much.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | April 19, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    @m0se: I think he can be. He has a decent FC average of 41 with 4 centuries and he is still learning. Unlike Afridi, Maxwell still has 10-12 years left, if you think he will always be like this, i think you are wrong. He will improve, just like Warner, Smith ave improved.

  • POSTED BY AngryAngy on | April 19, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    That inability to be fazed by reality was one of Bradman's important qualities. Conventional wisdom tells us that he needs to be able to play to the conditions, but his best quality is that sometimes he looks like he's playing in completely different conditions to everyone else. That's a match-winning trait. All the time he's getting better at selecting his strokes and the runs are coming more easily.

    A lot is made of his reverse sweep as well, but the way Ashwin was bowling legside wides, it was the best shot to have; he could either smash a four or leave it and get an extra. It's not about shelving a crazy shot but improving it. Batsmen get out playing orthodox drives all the time, but the reason is because they play a lot more drives successfully. There is always risk, but not always reward. Improving execution and selection are the fundamentals for any batsman.

Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2014, Abu Dhabi April 18, 2014

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Abu Dhabi
Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone else
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Glenn Maxwell shaped to sweep but held his stroke and let the ball go past him instead, turning his back to it in exaggerated manner. It was the third time in two overs that R Ashwin had bowled a wide down the leg side to Maxwell, and each time it had seemed as though the batsman had provoked him into bowling that line.

Other batsmen try and upset a bowler's rhythm by moving conspicuously around the crease; Maxwell had done this with little feints of his hip and shoulder, like a winger toying with a fullback, suggesting he might play a certain stroke without really committing to it.

Ashwin had taken two wickets already. His side was defending a total of 205. But Maxwell had reverse-swept him twice already with clinical placement, and that had clearly rattled him.

"Why are you scared, Ashwin?" yelled a voice from the grass banks. "He's not Afridi!"

The heckler was right. Maxwell isn't really Afridi, even if his strike rate and his ability to clear the ropes puts him in that category of batsman. But he had brought back a vague memory of an entirely different Pakistan batsman in the brief time he had spent at the crease till that point. He had made you think of Javed Miandad.

There's no comparing their careers, of course, or their batting styles, but a common thread runs through their wholly different personalities at the crease. Miandad was cocky in a chatty sort of way; Maxwell seems to project a sort of icy disdain. Both approaches, though, are directed towards the same end, that of getting under the bowlers' skins.

This aspect of Maxwell's game surely played some role in two of his most notable international innings so far. Last year, in Bangalore, he had walked in at 74 for 4, with Australia going at under four-and-a-half runs an over while chasing 384 in the deciding match of the ODI series against India. Maxwell, impervious to the prevailing circumstances, came in and smashed 60 off 22 balls.

During the World T20 last month, Australia lost two wickets in their first over against Pakistan while chasing 192. Maxwell walked in and tonked 74 off 33 balls. In the time he was at the crease, Aaron Finch scored a wholly prosaic 37 off 32 at the other end. Finch carried on to make 65, but none of the other Australians got into double figures as Pakistan wrapped up a 16-run win.

Maxwell, that day, seemed to bat in a bubble that excluded everyone else, including his partner at the other end. It didn't even have room for the match situation. The bubble broke when he was dismissed, and normal service resumed.

Friday was similar. Punjab were chasing 206, and were 31 for 1 when Maxwell walked in. He saw two more wickets fall before David Miller joined him, at 52 for 3. Maxwell's response to all of this wasn't so much "no problem, I'll handle it" as "I don't really care".

You have to be extremely talented to play that way, of course, and there were a couple of occasions when he caressed the ball through the off side with so much grace that you had to rub your eyes and wonder what was going on. There was a bit of Ricky Ponting in the dip of his head at the highest point of Maxwell's backlift, and in the smooth downswing of his bat. Yes, him too.

In the end, Maxwell's 43-ball 95, which set Punjab up to win with a level of comfort that didn't seem possible when he had begun his innings, left you pondering a parallel universe. Here was a man who batted like a weird mix of Miandad and Ponting who, in between the flowing drives, the clever laps and reverse-sweeps, slogged rather crudely at a number of deliveries, timing some, missing some, never seeming to care either way. It made you wonder what sort of a batsman he would be if Twenty20 didn't exist.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo