Mike Hesson, the Royal Challengers Bangalore team director, is clear that the team is looking at Glenn Maxwell to be the finisher they have lacked in the recent past. Without giving away much of the team’s plans, Hesson stressed on clarity of roles as being key to getting the best out of “X-factor players” such as Maxwell.

“Glenn Maxwell is a fantastic player, and he fits what we require in the middle order,” Hesson said on Wednesday. “We want some X-factor players, that high-impact player we’ve talked about. We’ve just found through the middle overs as an area [to work on], so to have another player of that quality just adds to the likes of AB de Villiers and a two-pronged attack through the middle overs and the back-end.

Maxwell was released by the Punjab Kings after a poor IPL 2020, in which he managed just 108 runs and three wickets in 13 matches. However, that did not stop Maxwell from listing his base price in the highest bracket of INR 2 crore ahead of the 2021 season, and for the Royal Challengers from entering a fierce bidding war with the Chennai Super Kings, before securing his services for INR 14.25 crore.

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