Australia’s swashbuckling batsman Glenn Maxwell will play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after he was bought for a whopping price of INR 14.25 crore at the mini-auctions in Chennai in February.
However, he didn’t have a great show in the IPL 2020 in the UAE where he struck only 108 runs in 13 matches which came at a strike rate of 101.88. But that didn’t affect his position in the auction as a bidding war was seen between RCB and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) before RCB sealed the deal.
The batting all-rounder earlier expressed his desire to play for the RCB alongside his idol and former South Africa player AB de Villiers ahead of the auction in February. Even he was excited to play under Virat Kohli as well as he praised the current Indian captain and called him the ‘pinnacle of the game’ for his sheer dominance in every format of the game.
“The RCB stint is going to be next level,” Glenn Maxwell shared to the Australian Associated Press (AAP). “Kohli has been the pinnacle of the game for a while as a multi-format player from Tests all the way to T20s. He’s been able to adapt his game, dominate for a long period of time and deal with the Indian pressure of being their captain and their best player,” stated Maxwell.”
However, he was impressed with the leadership qualities of Virat Kohli and also wants to take learn from him during the upcoming season of the cash-rich league. “I’m looking forward to watching him go about his work, not just in games but in training, and hopefully tapping into some of the leadership stuff and try and learn from him.”
He further added that he shares a good bond and friendship with Kohli over the years and also cited that Kohli supported him when Maxwell took off from cricket due to mental health issues. “He’s been a solid backer of my stance. In a way he probably understood a lot of the things that I was going through – a lot of expectation and pressure, which I’m sure he can relate to,” he expressed.
The 14th edition of the IPL will begin from the second week of April in India.