Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has expressed that the Indian Premier League (IPL) will likely be the last tournament he participates in before retiring. Glenn Maxwell credited the IPL for its positive impact on his career, citing the valuable experiences it provided.
Glenn Maxwell, recently retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has been part of the league for over a decade. His breakthrough occurred in 2014 when he scored 552 runs for the Kings XI Punjab. He has been a valuable asset for the RCB since the 2021 season.
It’s Just Greatest Learning Experience – Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell emphasized the significance of the IPL in his career, highlighting the learning experiences gained by interacting with international players like AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli.
“The IPL will probably be the last tournament I ever play, as I will play the IPL until I can’t walk anymore,” Maxwell told reporters at the Melbourne airport.
“I was talking about how good the IPL has been to me throughout my career; the people I’ve met, the coaches I have played under, the international players that you get to rub shoulders with, how beneficial to my whole career that tournament has been.”
“You’re rubbing shoulders with AB [de Villiers] and Virat [Kohli] for two months, talking to them while watching other games. It’s just the greatest learning experience that any player could ask for,” Maxwell added.
Hopefully, Australian Players Can Get Over To The IPL – Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell emphasized the team’s shift in focus towards the next T20 World Cup after their recent success. He expressed his hope for Australian players to gain valuable playing time in the IPL, preparing them for conditions similar to the upcoming T20 World Cup.
“Hopefully a lot of our Australian players can get over to the IPL and get to work in slightly similar conditions to the West Indies, where it is a little bit drier, it will spin,” Maxwell further stated.
“As soon as we won this World Cup, we all talked about refocusing towards the next one. I’m hoping it’s going be a really exciting summer for the BBL, with what is just around the corner,” he concluded.
The IPL is considered a crucial preparation platform for players ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup, as it concludes just a week before the ICC tournament. Several players like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Travis Head, entered the auction pool.