IPL 2021: Glenn Maxwell Reveals The Crucial Role That Virat Kohli And Adam Zampa Played In RCB Signing Him

IPL 2021: Glenn Maxwell Reveals The Crucial Role That Virat Kohli And Adam Zampa Played In RCB Signing Him

Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell
Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)

Australian swashbuckler Glenn Maxwell has got off to a blockbuster start to his IPL 2021 campaign for Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Maxwell played a crucial role in RCB’s two-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opening game of the season, smashing a brilliant 39 while batting at the No.4 spot.

Glenn Maxwell for RCB (Photo- Twitter)
Glenn Maxwell for RCB (Photo- Twitter)

The ‘Big Show’, who was released by Punjab Kings following a poor season last year, was picked up by the Virat Kohli-led RCB in the auction for a whopping Rs 14.25 crore.

Before the start of the season, Glenn Maxwell sat down for an interview with Danish Sait, where he revealed how his compatriot Adam Zampa had texted Virat Kohli prior to the auction.

“There’s actually a funny story. The day of the auction, it was at night time in New Zealand. We were training while in quarantine in New Zealand. Adam Zampa had his RCB hat in his bag, so he took it out and made sure we had a photo. He sent it to Virat and said ‘Let’s get it over the line. Congratulations I have already given him his first cap!’,” shared Glenn Maxwell.

After the auction, a picture of Adam Zampa presenting Glenn Maxwell the RCB cap went viral on social media. The Australian all-rounder revealed that the picture was taken before the auction had taken place.

“That was before the auction, so it all happened pretty well. It would have looked pretty silly if it didn’t work out that way. He put the picture on afterwards but we took the photo before the auction. Virat said you guys are idiots (after Zampa sent Virat Kohli the picture),” admitted Maxwell.

 

‘We had been texting a fair bit’- Glenn Maxwell on how he and Virat Kohli were in touch since the India-Australia series

 Glenn Maxwell, Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell. Image credits-Cricket Australia.

Glenn Maxwell further revealed that he and Virat Kohli had been in touch ever since the ODI and T20I series between India and Australia Down Under last November.

Maxwell claimed that Virat had talked to him about the all-rounder potentially playing for RCB, a proposal that excited the Australian swashbuckler from the get-go as it meant playing alongside his ‘idol’ AB de Villiers.

“We had been texting a fair bit. We obviously caught up after the ODI and T20 series in Australia. He talked to me about potentially playing for RCB if I get the opportunity. He told me ‘Look we would love to have you, but there is obviously an auction and there is a fair bit that is going to happen,” revealed Maxwell.

The Australian cricketer, who smashed 245 runs across six white-ball games against India at a strike rate of 177.43, admitted that the timing of those knocks worked in his favor.

“I got released around the same time and was in really good form during the international series. He was just about to go home and told me how he has a few meetings when he goes back. So, we stayed in contact and once the auction happened, I sent him a text message saying ‘Nice work!’” explained.

Also Read: IPL 2021: Harbhajan Singh Clear About His Role At Kolkata Knight Riders

Yash Mittal

Just a student of this beautiful game called cricket. Writer. Storyteller.