IPL 2021: Maxwell hails Bharat as a “genuine top-class batter” for his “outstanding” innings vs RR

Glenn Maxwell and Srikar Bharat | BCCI/IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Glenn Maxwell hailed keeper-batter KS Bharat as a “genuine top-class” after their team beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 7 wickets in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) in Dubai on Wednesday (September 29).

Chasing 150 against RR on Wednesday, Maxwell (50*) and Srikar Bharat (44) stitched a stand of 69 runs for the third wicket to take Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) over the line with 17 balls to spare and 7 wickets in hand in Dubai.

With the 7-wicket win over RR, RCB consolidated its position at the third spot with 14 points from 11 games in the IPL 14 points table.

Maxwell told host broadcaster Star Sports after the game“I thought we played really well. They got off to an absolute flier and to bring them back in the last 10 overs was outstanding, then we controlled the tempo of the innings and finished it off.”

About his innings, the Aussie said: “I have felt good since coming here, got myself into a nice routine at training and outside of training as well, just feel like it is really clicking for me. I don’t suppose it (the atmosphere) is different to any other franchise, just what we have created as a group.”

He concluded, “It is nice to have a bunch of guys doing different things and not relying on one guy. Everyone is chipping in and it has been a really enjoyable group so far. I wouldn’t call it an experiment, he’s (Bharat) a genuine top-class batter and the way he has gone about his innings is outstanding.”

Noteworthy, RCB will next take on Punjab Kings on Sunday (October 3) in the ongoing IPL 2021.