Glenn Maxwell, the Australian swashbuckling batsman, endured a disastrous Indian Premier League campaign in the recently concluded season in the United Arab Emirates.
Having been bought for a sum of Rs 10.75 Crore, the ‘Big Show’ managed just 108 runs in 13 games at an average of 15.42 and a hugely underwhelming strike-rate of 101.88. The most damning stat from Maxwell’s 2020 campaign was the fact that he wasn’t able to nail the single six throughout the season.
Following his disastrous outings, Glenn Maxwell came in for some strongest criticism from both fans as well as former crickets, not least from former Indian swashbuckler, Virender Sehwag, who labeled him as a ’10 Crore cheerleader’.
Maxwell has now responded to Sehwag’s comment, adding that the former KXIP coach has been pretty outspoken with his dislike for him, and the Australian is ready to take it with a ‘grain of salt’
“It’s ok. Viru is pretty outspoken with his dislike of me, and that’s fine. He’s allowed to say whatever he likes,” Glenn Maxwell told the ‘The West Australian’.
“He’s in the media for such statements, so that’s fine. I deal with that and move on, and take it with a grain of salt with Sehwag.” he further added.
“I think I’m better equipped with dealing with those sorts of things now”- Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell further added that the mental health issues and the subsequent break that he took last year have helped him hugely to deal with the set-backs that 2020 has brought for him- both on and off the field.
“I think I’m better equipped with dealing with those sorts of things not. I think in hindsight it was a pretty good time to go through something like that where I was able to put some groundwork in to deal with adversity. This year has certainly been a massive test of it,” Glenn Maxwell said.
“To be able to help people through different times of tough periods and be able to help myself through those tough periods has been really key as well.” he added.
On his failure to hit a six in IPL 2020, the ‘Big Show’ said-
“I was an inch short in one of the games,” he said with a laugh. All I thought was, ’Geez I should have gone to the gym a few more times before this game. Having won the most sixes twice in that tournament, it’s pretty rare to go through a whole tournament without hitting one. I certainly copped a bit from a few of my teammates, but it was all in good jest.” Glenn Maxwell said.
His IPL form notwithstanding, Glenn Maxwell will be a huge threat for India in the upcoming white-ball fixtures.