Swashbuckling Australian all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell is hoping that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) buy him at the upcoming IPL 2021 Auction, which is slated for February 18th in Chennai.
Maxwell was released by Kings XI Punjab for the 14th edition of the tournament after buying him for a hefty amount of 10.75 crores in the previous auction. Apart from his heavy price, moreover, it was his returns last season – 108 runs at a strike rate of 101 sans any maximum – which forced Punjab to release Maxwell.
However, the dynamic batting-allrounder has his stocks intact after his performances with the bat against India recently and is once again likely to be sold for a handsome amount.
I Will certainly enjoy batting Virat Kohli: Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell says that retired South African captain, AB de Villiers is one of his idols and he is excited at the prospect of sharing the dressing room with de Villiers if RCB buys him; the franchise does have the money for it – RCB has the second biggest purse of all teams.
The 32-year-old Victorian says that it would be a cherishing experience if he and AB are together in the same team. Glenn Maxwell, who is currently in New Zealand as Australia take on the Kiwis for a 5-match T20I series, reveals that the RCB keeper has been like a mentor to him and has learned a lot from de Villiers whenever they catch up.
“That’ll be awesome. AB [is] one of my idols and one of the guys I’ve always tried to watch the way he goes about [things], It’ll be awesome to work with him, and he’s always been really helpful to me along the journey. Whenever I’ve caught up with him, he’s been brilliant. So to be able to work with him first hand will be pretty cool,” Glenn Maxwell said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
RCB head coach and former Aussie opener, Simon Katich, could ponder upon going after his hard-hitting compatriot at they have offloaded Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, and Shivam Dube from their squad from last year and are in need of a finisher to take the pressure off from AB and Virat Kohli.
Glenn Maxwell, who has played for the Mumbai Indians, the Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals), and with the Kings XI Punjab, reckons he gets along well with Virat Kohli and would enjoy batting with him if he dons the RCB shirt in the IPL 2021.
“I get along with Virat pretty well. It’ll be certainly nice to work under Virat and will certainly enjoy batting with him – that’s for sure,” he added.