The Big Show has there ever been a less appropriate nickname for a player. Once again today he scored 0 in the big match when his team really needed him. Don’t get me wrong he’s a very good 20/20 player, he’s precisely the man you would want to walk in at 130-3 off 14 overs but when you’re 30-3 off 5 and you need a sensible 50 off 40 balls, the Big Show becomes the No Show. This is why he is vastly overrated people talk about him as one of the best in this format. The best do it when the pressure is on and Glenn Maxwell has never had that ability. This is why I say he is overrated.
Let us look at Glenn Maxwell’s 20/20 record as a player, not just the statistics but in actual trophy wins with him in the side. He has zero trophy wins in either franchise or international 20/20 cricket. This is a man who is paid over a million dollars to play IPL and nearly a million on an Australian Central Contract. He was captain of the Kings XI Punjab in this tournament, probably one of the most ridiculous decisions in recent IPL memory considering they had the best current white-ball captain in the world Eoin Morgan also on their books, a man criminally underrated as a batsman and captain. But you reap what you sow and so it is that a talented Kings XI side has ended up out of the play offs again. They have some good Indian talent in the 3 Sharma’s; Ishant, Mohit and Sandeep, along with Manon Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel, allied to some excellent overseas players in Amla, Miller and Morgan. This is a team that really should be challenging for semi-finals. However, as we saw today the man at the head of the side is one of the biggest shirkers in world cricket when the going gets tough. He has never played an innings of note in a game of importance and that is purely down to the fact he doesn’t have it upstairs to produce when the lights shine brightest and the pressure is at its most intense.
I don’t want people to think that I believe Maxwell is a bad player in 20/20 cricket he is a very good one, but he simply does not deserve the hype that he is afforded and it is not his fault he has an over-inflated salary. But if I was a team-owner or a coach of one of the sides I would not be building a side around him. He is a luxury player and luxury players do not win your tournaments. Maxwell needs to follow the example of his fellow Australian David Warner who has gone from inconsistent dasher to a well-rounded player capable of adapting to the situation of the game and is now a well-respected captain in the 20/20 format. I do hope he does because he has the talent to do it but an average of 24 in all t20’s shows of a man that is right now over-hyped, overrated and all in all more of a “No-Show” than the “Big Show”.