So, how many ways do we exactly have of batting? Moderate, defensive and aggressive and that is it. At least, this was the case and a universally accepted fact until this man burst onto the international scene, guess who it is? Glenn “The Big Show” Maxwell is the man.
To be honest, his way of batting is “No matter how you ball, where you ball, I’ll still whack you for six”. Sadly, for the bowlers, there has come a man, a monster rather, in international Cricket who sends shivers down the most celebrated bowling line-ups in the world with sheer ease.
An intense character on the field, he is one of those rare commodities who can hit you as long as 100 meters off the very first ball he faces no matter what the situation is. His batting, more of an upbraid to be very frank; is defined by his merciless strokes that are loathed by everyone, but in the end, you have to endure the pain because you simply are that hopeless deer who is being beaten to death by a lion that was gnashing his teeth since a few years.
Often talked about as redolent of Ricky Ponting, Maxwell first came into the team as a “spinner” but the way he gave the ball a “tonk” resulted in him ending up as arguably, the best hitter of the Cricket ball in the modern era surpassing Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle like monsters in my view.
How many times do you see a batsman getting figures of 95, 89 and 95 in three consecutive T20s? (IPL 2014). This really takes a gargantuan level of grit and a daunting attitude with a positive approach to the game which is worth admiring on the highest level.
This Victorian superstar’s career actually started burgeoning with the ODI series against India last year when he was simply that hunter who was literally tearing the opponent’s flesh with a inhumane attitude and from now to then, he hasn’t changed but only become more of a “grim reaper” by the start of IPL where he has already announced his arrival with 279 runs in three innings and has almost singlehandedly won matches for his franchise Kings XI Punjab.
Off a delivery that gets the best in the business out, this man may hit a reverse sweep or slog sweep or the cut shot or simply thwack you down the ground and mark my words; you don’t want to bowl to him afterwards or you will be in tears begging for mercy.
May you be Dale Steyn, may you be James Anderson, he doesn’t care (doesn’t give a damn) and that is, I am afraid, the truth. A virile lad of excessive self-belief, he makes you suffer the agony of baptism of sixes with his unmatchable ability of hitting every ball right out of the meat of the bat and you can just be a mere spectator but fielder.
His ilk is hard to find actually and I don’t, in the sweetest of my dreams can think of anyone better than Maxi. Destined to achieve eminence, this nightmare for the bowlers is sure to hunt you down. Beware, “BE-AWARE” as he is “TheBIGShow”.
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