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Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has revealed that being rested during the Kings XI Punjab’s match against the Rajasthan Royals “destroyed my momentum”.
Maxwell was dismissed just short of his century in his first three IPL matches, but after being rested, his scoring figures took a turn for the worst as he only managed to score 0, 6,13 and 0.
“The problem I had, I think, was being rested for one game frustrated me a bit,” he told Times of India. “Especially since it was in a game against the (Rajasthan) Royals, against whom I had played so well previously. It destroyed my momentum. I got a 0, 6,13,0 after that.
“If I would have continued playing, I would have been able to get some form before the final. Then I came against Delhi (Daredevils), who put up only 110 on the board. So, it was a lose-lose situation, and then I went straight into the final. It is tedious when you miss a game just before the final, especially when you need momentum and some form back. That didn’t happen, but I’m proud of the way the boys played.”
Maxwell also conceded that his secret to hitting big boundaries was knowing who to target and playing other sports.
“I play a lot of golf,” he said. “My slog sweep is a bit like my golf swing which is like a `snap hook’. I’ve always had pretty fast hands. I back myself to clear the ropes. I try and target certain bowlers depending on fields.”
Maxwell added that he was gutted when Punjab lost in the final to the Kolkata Knight Riders.
“To get so close, and yet be so far was disappointing, but the Kings had an unbelievable season,” he said. “Hopefully, we can go one step further next year.”