C365 Player of the Week: Glenn Maxwell

Australia

You saw this amazing girl, chatted to her on a few group outings, and then got her to go out with you. But it wasn't what you expected, and you only went on three further, rather dull dates before you dumped her.

Looking back to last year's India-based T20 contest that shall not be named for legal reasons, the side from Mumbai, that cannot be named for legal reasons, failed to take full advantage of their most expensive player.

And this year the team from Mohali, with a name connected to royalty, have taken said player, Australia's Glenn Maxwell, and utilised his skills to push them all the way to the top of the soft drink-sponsored event's standings.

With three big half tons in three games this week (two of which were 95s), Maxwell tops the batting list with more than double the runs of the next person (Delhi's JP Duminy).

He's hit a whopping 17 sixes, seven more than team-mate David Miller, who is the only other batsman in double 'Maximum' figures (or whatever a six is called this year).

It's like this: You saw this amazing girl, chatted to her on a few group outings, and then got her to go out with you. But she wasn't what you expected, she didn't put out right away, and you only went on two further, rather dull, dates before you dumped her.

Then, a year later, you run into her and her new significant other and they look so happy, out shopping for a new sofa and wearing matching sweaters, that you want to both puke and punch yourself in the face, because you're still single and she looks so freakin' hot.

If only you'd spent less time with your mates at the pub and more time with her when she asked, not knowing she'd made gourmet pizza from scratch and wore silk suspenders under her football jersey, ready to rock your world on that fourth date you never had…

But of course, it could just be that you weren't a good match. She liked a relaxed, friendly Friday night in with a few friends, drinking a glass of wine and playing a board game (and killing it, she's a genius). You prefer going to fancy parties usually filled with over-the-hill celebrities.

And so, Maxwell finds himself with his perfect partner, the one he himself says is far more suited to him and he doesn't have to "feel the same pressure of expectations." He's getting a million dollars this time too, baby, but now he's not a glorified waiter.

<b>Lindsay du Plessis<b>

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