Bengaluru (Karnataka): After his 77 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a narrow seven-run win, explosive batter Glenn Maxwell on Sunday said that he enjoyed batting at No. 4 for RCB.
Fiery half-centuries from Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell, followed by a three-wicket haul from Harshal Patel helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 7-run in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 here at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. Maxwell was pleased to bat at No. 4 and said that management has always believed in him. Maxwell stated that the conditions were batting-friendly, allowing him to play aggressively.
“(On batting at number 4) It’s a position I don’t mind batting, I have done it for Australia when we lose early wickets. They have given me the freedom to go out there and express myself. Came into the season with good form, and have that trust from the changeroom, that makes the difference. New ball skidded on nicely, so we had to be busy and proactive. I think the way we ended the powerplay set the foundation, although there was a bit chaos in the end,” Maxwell said at the post-match presentation.
Maxwell arrived at the crease in the third over of the innings and got into the groove straightaway with a couple of fours off the Boult over. Maxwell brought up his fifty (off 27 balls) in style with a thumping hit over long-on.
Ravichandran Ashwin had Maxwell (77 off 44) caught at the backward point off a reverse sweep.
“(On the way he got out) I felt it was my job to bat deeper, it was a match-up that suited me and there was some poor execution on my part. I thought if I could just take a single, maybe I could have been useful towards the death overs. Allow the new batters to settle while I could attack. However, in the end just really happy with the win,” Maxwell added.