For a moment there, it looked like Glenn Maxwell was barely going to make $500,000.

And then he reeled in a pay rise to $A2.52 million.
The Indian Premier League auction truly works in mysterious ways.
While theres no doubt $500,000 would have been paying well below market value for a player of Maxwells calibre, the early hesitancy from franchises was understandable.
The Australians last IPL campaign was disastrous, as he made just 108 runs at 15.42, with a strike rate of 101.88, and wasnt retained by Kings XI Punjab.
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Winners and losers at 2021 IPL auction
Maxwell earnt $A2.2 million for that campaign, but didnt hit a single six, while his nine fours were effectively worth $A244,444 each.
That season is fresh in the memory too, having only taken place in October and November.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, however, are clearly willing to treat it as an anomaly and have backed the all-rounder to the tune of $A2.5 million, outlasting Chennai Super Kings in a wild bidding war on Thursday night.
Teams were hesitant in the early stages of bidding. There was an excruciating wait before Maxwells reserve price of 200 lakh ($A389,000) was met, while things remained cagey until about 280 lakhs ($A496,450) when the war exploded between RCB and Chennai.
Maxwells hefty price tag wasnt the only shock of the night, with Jhye Richardson fetching $A2.48 million, Riley Meredith $A1.4 million and Chris Morris an IPL record of $A2.88 million.
All four bids were labelled insane by The Times of India, while the Press Trust of India wrote that suspension of disbelief is the best policy while trying to decipher the numbers at the IPL auction.
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Glenn Maxwells price again raised eyebrows, Chris Morris forced franchises to break the bank and Indian fans will be vociferously googling Riley Merediths credentials while trying to figure out how Jhye Richardson swooped a nearly 2 million (USD) dollar deal, PTI wrote.
Speaking of Maxwell, the publication added: (RCB captain) Virat Kohli must have punted on Maxwell, banking that there will be that one season when he would produce some magical performance like he does often for Australia or in the BBL.
The timing of the BBL was perfect for Maxwell, who needed to distance himself from his poor 2020 IPL season in order to land another big money deal.
And he did exactly that, albeit without numbers that truly standout.
Looking forward to joining @RCBTweets for this years @IPLCant wait to put everything I have in to helping us lift the trophy!
Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) February 18, 2021
Maxwell made 379 runs at 31.58 for the Melbourne Stars with a strike rate of 143.56. What those numbers cant measure, however, is the circumstances in which the runs were made.
The 32-year-old performed under pressure and proved once again he has the ability to swing games with his X-factor, which earnt him a spot in the BBL Team of the Season.
Nonetheless, Indian cricket fans know too well that theres a flip side to Maxwell the side that hasnt always delivered in the IPL, where risk has outweighed reward.
The Indian Express labelled Maxwell as a notoriously moody player and called his contract along with those won by Morris and Kiwi Kyle Jamieson as logic-defying.
A franchise official, however, told the publication that requirements and utility define the IPL auction, rather than raw talent.
The Indian Express wrote: The rationale was the same behind RCBs decision to buy Maxwell, who has shone only sporadically.
RCB director of cricket Mike Hesson said at a press conference that Maxwell could be used as a finisher within its XI, but he comes with many skills to aid its push for a maiden IPL crown.
Obviously, he is a multiskilled player, he is good in the field and obviously, able to bowl off-spin, he said.
We all know how good a touch he (is in) away from the IPL.