There have been a lot of questions surfacing regarding Royal Challengers Bangalore's decision to buy Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell for ₹14.25 crore. The right-hander had a forgettable IPL season in 2020 in the UAE, where he scored just 108 runs in 13 innings at an average of 15. However, Maxwell found plenty of takers at the IPL 2021 auction last week with Bangalore and Chennai getting into a bidding war for the Victorian. Now, Maxwell's teammate from Australia and Sunrisers captain expressed his surprise, at Maxwell's high auction amount. Warner who is rested for the T20 series against Kiwis was an expert commentator for Fox Cricket during Monday’s series opener. “Not a bad result in the IPL auction for the ‘Big Show’ either,” Warner said in the commentary box
“It’s surprising, you get let go from your franchise and you get a lot more after being released,” Warner then joked. Warner, who has been retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad, said, “We know what he’s (Maxwell) capable of, and I’m sure there’s a bit of expectation but I’m sure he’ll deliver. ”Maxwell failed with the bat in Australia's chase of 185 in the 1st T20I as he was dismissed for 1 by senior New Zealand pacer Tim Southee. Australia succumbed to a 53-run defeat in the 1st of the 5-match series as they were bundled out for 131 in 17.3 overs. It still remains to be seen how Maxwell fares for RCB in the upcoming season, but former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg has termed the move a "huge risk". "I don't know why RCB have gone for him because out of nine IPLs, he has only performed in two of them. This is a huge risk. You are on a prayer with him," Hogg said in response to a question posed by a fan on his Youtube video.