India tour of Australia: Glenn Maxwell and James Neesham reacted to a hilarious meme which pointed out how the two Kings XI Punjab stars hit peak form for their respective national sides after a poor IPL 2020 campaign in the UAE.
Apologised to KL Rahul: Maxwell, Neesham respond to hilarious KXIP meme (AP Photo)
- Glenn Maxwell hit peak form for Australia in their win over India in 1st ODI
- Maxwell struggled to get going for KL Rahul-led KXIP in IPL 2020
- Maxwell and Neesham responded to a hilarious meme on their batting forms
Australia dominated India and sealed a 66-run win in the opening match of the 3-match ODI series at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. The three main architects of Australia’s big win — Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell — all roared back to form after ordinary Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 campaigns.
Glenn Maxwell struggled to hit even one six throughout the IPL 2020 campaign for Kings XI Punjab. The Australian all-rounder managed just 108 runs from 13 matches for KL Rahul’s side who crashed out before reaching the play-offs despite a dramatic late surge.
Glenn Maxwell was struggling to get going in the UAE as he was guilty of throwing away his wickets, more often than not. Despite captain KL Rahul and the team management showing faith in him, Maxwell was not able to contribute much with the bat after having sealed a deal worth Rs 10.75 crore.
However, in just 19 balls, Glenn Maxwell hit peak form on Friday. Donning the Australia colours, Maxwell was in big-hitting mood as he struck 3 sixes and 5 boundaries for a 19-ball 45. Maxwell’s late charge helped Australia post a mammoth total of 374 after which the hosts restricted India to 308 for 8.
Fans pointed out how the likes of Maxwell, Finch and Smith struggled in IPL 2020 but needed only one game in Australian colours to regain form.
James Neesham, who hit a match-winning 48 from just 24 balls for New Zealand against West Indies in the 1st T20I on Friday, had also struggled at IPL 2020. Neesham responded to a funny meme on social media.
I apologised to him while I was batting #kxipfriends
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) November 28, 2020
Glenn Maxwell responded to Neesham, saying he had apologised to his kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul, who has handling the wicketkeeping duties for India against Australia on Friday.
“I apologised to him while I was batting. #KXIPfriends,” Maxwell said in a social media post.
Steve Smith and Aaron Finch’s hundreds followed by an all-round bowling effort helped Australia seal a 1-0 lead. The hosts will be looking to clinch an unbeatable lead when they face India in the 2nd ODI in Sydney on Sunday.