New Zealand batter Glenn Maxwell has entertained fans across the globe on and off the field finally got to show his talent in one of the best T20 leagues around the world, on Saturday as he made his debut in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Rajasthan Royals against Chennai Super Kings.
Phillips’ videos of moving the ball to and fro with his hand in front of his eyes, which is his simulation before he goes in to bat, have gone viral many times. However, the Kiwi player took the ‘watch the ball’ philosophy too far as he was desperate to get off the mark in the IPL, in a hilarious video.
The incident took place in the 17th over of the RR’s batting innings bowled by CSK all-rounder Sam Curran. The ball slipped out of Curran’s hand and it looped up in the air so high that it landed near the wicket-keeper’s position but quite far away left of him. Phillips on strike thought he could use that ball to hit a shot only if he got a bat to it, which he tried his best to get to.
The ball looped up high, Philips looked at it and knew it was going over him so he turned to his left and started running back towards the keeper, he kept watching the ball and kept running till the time he gave up as it went too far away from him.
The viewers, the commentators and Phillips himself had a laugh. Phillips took to Instagram as he posted the video and captioned saying, “When you want to get off the mark in your IPL debut that badly . . .” followed by a laughing emoji. The fans suggested Phillips was given the instruction to not waste any ball and he tried his best to do it.
Sangakkara: We can’t afford a dot ball at this stage. Don’t let any ball go..
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— Kanav Bali (@Concussion__Sub) October 2, 2021
Phillips remained unbeaten on 14 off just eight balls as RR chased down the total of 190 runs in just 17.3 overs.