Delhi Daredevils’ Glenn Maxwell is one of the biggest flops in the ongoing edition of the IPL 2018, and Head Coach Ricky Ponting stated that “the thing that hurt him most is how well Rishabh Pant played” in the T20 event.
The Australian all-rounder was one of costliest buy during the IPL Auction 2018 when Maxwell was bought by the Daredevils for $1.75 million, but he disappoints the franchise most for his poor outing in the 11th edition of the tournament.
The 29-year-old right-hander has managed to score just 169 runs in his 12 innings with the highest score of 47 at a strike-rate of 140.83 for Delhi in the IPL 2018, and Ponting believes that his decision to attend his Aussie teammate Aaron Finch’s wedding instead of playing DD’s opener is one the reasons of his poor display in the tournament.
On the other hand, young batsman Rishabh Pant has displayed outstanding batting throughout their matches in the tournament, amassed 684 runs – including five fifties and one hundred – which is the most scored by a wicketkeeper in any IPL season, and currently holding the Orange Cap.
On Monday (21 May), Ponting told Times of India, “To be honest, the thing that hurt him most is how well Rishabh played. When we went to our auction table, we picked our group of players and I must admit before our first game, I had Glenn Maxwell penciled in as our No. 4 batsman for the tournament. He missed the first game for personal reasons with Aaron Finch’s wedding, which meant that Rishabh batted at No. 4 in game one and played well.”
Aussie further added on Glenn, “I have spent a lot time with Glenn over the years. It was only a few weeks before this tournament came around that I spent the triangular series with him with the Australian team and did a lot of work with him there. He was actually man of the series in that tournament. So coming over here, he was in good form and having played a little bit of T20 cricket.”
He also lauded the DD’s batting sensation Pant for his stellar display with the bats in the tournament, saying, “He has been outstanding, it has been an outstanding season for him.”
Ponting signed off by saying, “He is obviously wearing the Orange Cap right now. It’s great recognition for the personal season that Rishabh’s had but across the board, we needed more even contributions from a few more of our top-order batsmen if we were going to be a threat to challenge for the title this year.”