Chennai, Feb 3: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell became the first million-dollar player of IPL 6 auction when he was bought by Mumbai Indians for $1 million here on Sunday.
The 24-year-old right-hander, who bowls offspin, has already played for Delhi Daredevils in IPL but did not make an impact. However, he is known for his big hitting and could impress this year in IPL. He plays for Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League (BBL). He scored 145 in six innings at strike rate of 152.63 in this season's BBL. Maxwell played for Stars under Shane Warne's captaincy.
Mumbai Indians also bought former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, for $400,000.
Owner Nita Ambani said: "He (Glenn Maxwell) is an upcoming all-rounder and we had an eye on him."
Mumbai's chief mentor Anil Kumble said he had known Maxwell much before he played for his country. "Maxwell is a good kid, an exceptional talent and it will be exciting to see him play. It will be nice to have him in the team," Kumble said.
Recently, he was named in Australia's 17-man Test squad to tour India this month.
Maxwell, who was playing in Perth against West Indies in a ODI, was dismissed for a first-ball duck on Sunday but few hours later he had the great news of joining the IPL million-dollar club.
On February 1, 2013, batting as an opener, he smashed a 35-ball 51 not out against West Indies to give notice to IPL franchises.
So far, Maxwell has played 9 ODIs and same number of Twenty20 Internationals for his country. He made his ODI debut in August last year against Afghanistan in Sharjah. He was also a part of Australia squad at ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka last year.
Maxwell has already showed his T20 skills in England in the Friends T20 tournament playing for Hampshire.
It is over to Maxwell to display his game in IPL and prove his million-dollar price-tag.