Australian swashbuckling middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell has terms living in a bio-bubble as a ‘never-ending nightmare’, stating that players are living an extremely difficult life currently in order to get the job done.
Maxwell, who has been vocal about his mental health issues in the past, believes that living in a restricted environment is definitely going to take a toll on players.
He added that it can severely strain your relationships and one needed strong network support to get through these tough times.
“It’s very difficult (to move from one bubble to other)…you being sheltered from people outside your bio-secure bubble and you get stuck into this never-ending nightmare where you are living the same day over and over again,” Glenn Maxwell in an interview posted by his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore on its youtube channel.
“You almost tend to forget how to have a normal conversation with the outside world. That can be very hard mentally and is a massive challenge. But it’s great to be back playing and to be able to do our jobs and entertain people. But it’s still a difficult lifestyle at the moment,” he said.
”It does put a strain on a lot of relationships as well. You need your support networks to get you through those tough times.” Maxwell added.
‘It’s been a long-time dream of playing alongside Kohli and de Villiers’- Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell has been a perennial underachiever in the IPL. Barring the 2014 season where he smashed more than 500 runs for Punjab Kings, he has managed to rack up more than 200 runs in a season only once.
Last year, Maxwell hit the nadir as he failed to hit a single six throughout the season. But despite his struggles, IPL franchises have continued to break the bank for his services.
RCB shelled out a whopping Rs 14.25 crores to claim his services, leaving the onlookers shell-shocked.
However, Glenn Maxwell isn’t really surprised about how things panned out.
“I thought that there might be a little bit of interest. A lot of teams have brought that middle-order overseas player but I knew a couple of teams were looking at a batting off-spinner and I am glad that two teams went harder and RCB got hold of me.” said Maxwell.
The Australian all-rounder is now looking forward to realizing his dream of playing alongside the duo of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli.
“It’s been a long time (dream of playing alongside Kohli and de Villiers). Obviously having known them very well off the field, played against them a fair bit but finally, I got to play in the same team,” Maxwell added.