After playing together for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in IPL 2020, KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell and Jimmy Neesham played for their respective nations on 27 November. While KL Rahul failed to make a mark, Maxwell and Neesham were absolutely sensational and contributed to their team’s respective victories. Neesham who is famous for his quirky takes on social media responded to a funny meme featuring KXIP skipper KL Rahul. Maxwell while replying to Neesham said he actually apologised to Rahul, who handled the wicket-keeping duties for India in the first ODI.


“I apologised to him while I was batting,” Maxwell tweeted.The Australian batsman didn’t hit a single six in 13 matches of the IPL in Dubai, but whacked three from his first 15 balls against India in the opening ODI. In fact, his 19-ball 45 was instrumental in taking the game out of India’s reach. Neesham, who scored just 10 runs in five games in the IPL this year, smashed 48 runs off just 24 balls to hand his side a five-wicket win against West Indies from a position where it looked almost impossible for the home side to come out victorious. Glenn Maxwell was struggling to get going in the UAE as he was guilty of throwing away his wickets, more often than not. Despite captain KL Rahul and the team management showing faith in him, Maxwell was not able to contribute much with the bat after having sealed a deal worth Rs 10.75 crore. However, in just 19 balls, Glenn Maxwell hit peak form on Friday. Donning the Australia colours, Maxwell was in big-hitting mood as he struck 3 sixes and 5 boundaries for a 19-ball 45. Maxwell’s late charge helped Australia post a mammoth total of 374 after which the hosts restricted India to 308 for 8.

Neesham tweeted “Hahaha that’s actually pretty good @Gmaxi_32 😂” to a meme. Glenn Maxwell responded to Neesham, saying he had apologised to his kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul, who has handling the wicketkeeping duties for India against Australia on Friday. “I apologised to him while I was batting. #KXIPfriends,” said Maxwell while replying to Neesham’s tweet.

By Arvind Krishnan

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