I mean surely he'd be even worse relative to the alternatives in the middle overs in India? If your only thing is that you're tall and have a roughly upright seam, you'll get absolutely demolished in the middle overs against anyone decent most of the time on those pitches.He is one of the few actually tall seamers we have. And he did well in ODIs in RSA bowling in the middle overs, getting bounce and swing.
How TF they decided that translates to T20 new ball and death bowling, only VVS can tell.
And even then there's basic standards that you have to meet regardless of match situation or format. Like we can and should praise Maxwell for doing his thing again, but by the same token pretty much any competent batsmen should be hitting every single one of those last four balls for a boundary and at least three of them could easily have gone for six. That was hideous stuff, though not helped out by his captain having a full on convention out in the middle mind you