Brad Hogg says “Knowing that AB de Villiers is there behind him” in IPL 2021. Hogg mentions how Glenn Maxwell has been employing. In a much more reserved and conservative approach to batting in the IPL 2021. Brad Hogg has allocated the new approach based on the caliber of batters. Also, around him above and below his position in the batting order.
Hogg pointed out that Maxwell is now more focused on hitting fours instead of sixes with statistics proving the same. Maxwell’s aversion to leg-spinners has been well documented and exploited. But he has been much more confident playing with them. The Australian all-rounder seems to have stopped focusing solely on clearing the boundary ropes.
“Knowing that AB de Villiers is there behind him, he can play a little bit more conservative. Now, if we look over the years the percentage of fours to sixes has quietly dropped so he hits more fours in 2021 compared to the other years,” Hogg said.
“So, he is playing more conservatively rather than trying to play the big shots. What that’s doing is setting him up for the back end where he can be a little more aggressive in those final 10 overs but again there he’s not trying to hit as many sixes as in previous years,” Brad Hogg added.
In this season of the IPL, Maxwell has struck 36 fours and 19 sixes. In resemblance, during his most successful season back in 2014. He gathers 48 fours and 36 sixes. Simon Katich played an active role in RCB’s obtaining of Maxwell. Hogg includes Maxwell must have been given clear instructions. Also, by the team and even a reminder. It could be his final campaign in the league if he did not perform.
“Coach Simon Katich, when he was on board in that Indian leg, he went up to Glenn Maxwell and he said ‘if we select you in the IPL, these are your boundaries, this is what is expected from you.’ He has been given clear direction and virtually he has been given the ultimatum. This is your last chance in the IPL, if you don’t perform here, well then don’t expect to get picked in the auction because your standard has not been there,” Brad Hogg said.