KXIP need to sideline Glenn Maxwell or just give him 1 more chance: Kevin Pietersen

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Former England captain Kevin Pietersen said Kings XI Punjab need to take a call on Glenn Maxwell's future in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, considering his failures in the tournament so far. Pietersen's comments came after KXIP were handed a 69-run thrashing by Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Thursday.

Glenn Maxwell was bought by Kings XI Punjab at IPL 2020 auction for Rs 10.5 crore but the all-rounder has struggled to live up to the price tag. While he lit up the stage in the UAE in 2014, his latest stint with KXIP in the UAE has been far from impressive.

In 6 matches, Glenn Maxwell has managed just 48 runs at an average of 12 and a strike rate of less than 100. With the ball, the Australian all-rounder has taken just 1 wicket, conceding at over 9 per over.

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On Thursday, after a rare failure from both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, all hopes were pinned on Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran who was hitting it cleanly in their chase of 202 against SRH. However, the big-hitter got run out for 7, leaving Pooran with a lot of work to do. Pooran managed 77 from 37 balls but with no support from his teammates, KXIP slipped to a 69-run defeat -- their heaviest to SRH in IPL history.

"This year will be very very difficult for him (Rahul). He has not got the support of his big players and that one particular big player is Maxwell. Maxwell needs to either be sidelined or he gets one more chance," Kevin Pietersen told Star Sports in a post-match show.

'There is a hell lot of pressure on KL Rahul'

KL Rahul has the Orange Cap with 313 runs in 6 matches but his team has managed just 1 win and are pegged at the bottom of the 8-team IPL 2020 points table.

"There is so much pressure on KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal going into the chase. It's unfair pressure. It's okay Nicholas Pooran played nicely. There are some good players in and around.

"You can't have him captain and give him wicketkeeping responsibilities and then have him thinking that he has to score all the runs because the other overseas players are not getting the runs. There is a hell of a lot of pressure," Pietersen said.

Gayle has to do magic but where will he bat? Pietersen

Nonetheless, the former England batsman said It's difficult getting Chris Gayle into the side even if KXIP are thinking about replacing Glenn Maxwell with the West Indies big-hitter. Notably, head coach Anil Kumble said Gayle was all set to play against SRH in Dubai on Thursday but a stomach problem ruled him out of the tie in the 11th hour.

"It's about just knuckling down and trying to speak to the players individually and trying to get the best out of the players. But also, set your mark out and say 'this is the team that I am going to play for the next 3-4 games'.

"I am going to (have a) go at Maxwell here because he hasn't delivered. He is a big, big player for that franchise. If he is not part of the process, then you have to bring somebody else in.

"And Gayle, Anil Kumble said he would have played but he had a bit of an upset tummy. So he is going to have to produce some magic but where is he going to bat? I don't think he can bat at No. 3 or No. 4 because of his running between the wickets," Pietersen said.

Having already entered the must-win territory, Kings XI Punjab will next face high-flying Kolkata Knight Riders in their next match on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

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