South African great Dale Steyn, who is currently representing Melbourne Stars in the ninth edition of the Big Bash League, has showered praises on his franchise captain Glenn Maxwell. The veteran fast bowler also compared the Australian batsman to the likes of AB de Villiers and Virender Sehwag when it comes to T20 exploits.
In a talk after their match against Adelaide Strikers, he said, “When it comes to T20, you very rarely get guys that strike it as cleanly as he does, He’s very smart, too, the way he goes about it. You talk about guys like AB de Villiers being a 360 (degree) player but ‘Maxi’ is up there, too.”
Dale Steyn added that Glenn Maxwell like AB can hit the ball all around the park and has the ability to hit the ball in bowler’s strength areas also. He has got a very good game and can play different kind of shots on same balls. “It’s just a nickname that AB’s earned because he plays like that, but had AB not been around you could’ve easily nicknamed someone like Maxi ‘Mr 360’ because he’s got that capability of taking you down in areas you don’t want the ball to go,” he added.
The speedster also compared his hitting prowess to that of legendary Sehwagwho used to flay the balls over cover and point with his powerful wrists. And termed the Australian a phenomenal thinker of the game for his execution and anticipation while batting.
“He’s got strong wrists – there’s not many players that can hit you for six over point; Sehwag was someone that could open the blade like that. (Maxwell is) very clever because the next ball he could flick you over deep square, so as a bowler you’re always guessing what he’s up to. “He’s a phenomenal thinker of the game, and then ultimately he can execute, too,” Steyn concluded.
However, Maxwell was not enough to win the match against Adelaide as they went to lose the match by 4 runs. Maxwell’s breezy innings of 43 off 25 balls was not enough to undo the excellent effort from another Australian, Peter Siddle. Peter Siddle collected excellent figures of 24 for 3 in his quota of 4 overs. Dale Steyn himself did not have a great match as he picked up only 1 wicket spending 29 runs in 3 overs he bowled.