Being a player who can play anywhere from middle to lower order, Maxwell feels his best position is No.4 © Getty Images
Being a player who can play anywhere from middle to lower order, Maxwell feels his best position is No.4 © Getty Images

When you hear the words ‘Glenn Maxwell’, one can only imagine excitement. It is exactly the type of image the audience have had of him since he came into foray. Now with the World T20 round the corner, it was inevitable not to talk about a player who everyone expects to be the key for his side’s triumph. A player with extraordinary hitting power and talents, Maxwell had a very mediocre T20 series earlier this year against India with just 21 runs in 3 innings. While many still believe he is rash and silly at times, there is no denying he had a huge hand in Australia’s World Cup 2015 success. As the call of ‘A Big game player’ starts taking rounds, Maxwell remained modest of his success in big games.

According to cricket.com.au, Maxwell told reporters on Tuesday. “I like to think I’m just a handy player in our team, I wouldn’t say I’m a big game player. I feel like I just try to play my role in the team as well as I can, no matter what the tournament. I don’t think you have to try to get yourself up anymore for different tournaments. Every game you get to play for your country is just as important as any other,” he said.

Maxwell showed his character during the last edition of the World T20 by scoring 147 runs in 4 games at a strike rate of 210. He again showed his maturity during big tournaments by scoring 324 runs in 8 games at an average of 64.80 and at an unbelievable strike rate of 182, going on to be selected in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.

When considered his extraordinary performance in domestic T20 competitions for Kings XI Punjab in IPL and Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League, it is very eye-raising to see his T20 International stats, which reads average of 18.61 from 23 innings with just one half century. But even this does not concern the player himself.

“With T20 we’ve played it quite varyingly as a team at international level. It’s been the (2012) T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka and (2014) T20 World Cup in Bangladesh that we’ve played only a few games in a row where you can get a roll on,” Maxwell said when asked about his T20 record for Australia.

“The start of my career I was a bits and pieces player, batting lower down the order and bowling more as well.” Being a player who can play anywhere from middle to lower order, Maxwell feels his best position is no.4. But considering the fact Australia have 5 players fighting for top 4 spots, he is not concerned about being demoted to no.5.

“We’ve got a pretty heavy batting order that everybody is fighting for a spot in. Hopefully, (he can bat) about that four or five spot. Depending on the situation …if we’re going pretty well I think I’ll be pushed up the order a little bit to hopefully try and combat the spinners and that’s going to be pretty key leading into the big tournament,”Maxwell said.