Former Indian Cricketer Virender Sehwag has lined up Glenn Maxwell — again — accusing the Aussie cricket star of pocketing his pay cheque from the Indian Premier League (IPL) without caring how he performs.
Maxwell has started the summer in brilliant fashion, starring in the one-day international and T20 series against India. He blazed rapid-fire knocks of 45, 63 not out and 59 in the ODIs and bludgeoned 54 and took 1/20 in the final T20 match in Sydney on Tuesday night.
But his recent heroics have prompted, Sehwag to highlight the difference between Maxwell’s output in the green and gold compared to his efforts in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab, who signed him on a $2.2 million deal at last year’s auction.
“His attitude changes when he plays for Australia. When he goes to Australia, he knows that if he has two or three bad innings, he will be left out of the Australian team and it will be difficult to make a comeback,” Sehwag told Sony Sports.
“But in the IPL, there is no fear. Even if you are not there in the playing XI, you will still get the 1.5 million dollars that you are getting. It is possible that 20 or 30% is cut when you are not part of the playing XI, so if not 1.5 million, he will get one million. So that is free money going into the pocket,” said Sehwag.
“He doesn’t take pressure at all (in the IPL). He is there only for enjoyment.
“He will do everything in the match — encourage players, roam around, dance other than scoring runs. As soon as the match is over, if he is getting free (non-alcoholic) drinks, he will take that to his room or go to the room and have a lot of drinks.
“So, I never felt that he is that serious about the game. When he comes to the IPL, he is more serious about his golf than cricket.”
Maxwell struggled big time for Kings XI Punjab in this year’s edition of the most lucrative T20 tournament in the world. He scored just 108 runs in 13 matches at an average of 15.42, with a high score of 32.
The Victorian also failed to hit a six in the entire tournament, ending with the mediocre strike rate of 101.88.
Sehwag’s comments come after a blistering attack last month, calling him a “cheerleader” who “proved costly for Punjab”.
“He has had a bad record of shirking work over the past few seasons,” Sehwag said at the end of the IPL. “But this season he went to new extremes — this is what you call a highly-paid vacation.”