Swashbuckling Australia all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell opines that he will bring a different ardour to the Royal Challengers Bangalore setup. Glenn Maxwell was roped in by the Virat Kohli-led franchise for a handsome amount of INR 14.25 crore at the February auction to add more firepower to a 2-man dependant batting attack.
The 32-year-old had a dismal tournament last season with Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) scoring 108 runs in 13 matches, without hitting a single six. Despite that, RCB had put their faith in the mercurial batsman and splurged a huge amount of cash on him in a bid to win the elusive IPL trophy.
“It has been nice to slip straight into the squad. These guys have been welcoming and I have come in unnoticed. I feel like I can bring some energy. Every team I play for, I play with enthusiasm and with energy,” Glenn Maxwell was quoted by IANS as saying.
“I am always looking to learn from the best (AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli). They are the best not just in T20 cricket but also world cricket. I’d like to watch them go about their business. I am looking forward to this season and hopefully we can go a couple of steps further than last year,” he added.
We wanted Glenn Maxwell, specifically targeted him at the auction: Virat Kohli
Even the skipper, Virat Kohli has revealed that they particularly wanted Glenn Maxwell and hence went big after him during the February auction. Kohli is pretty pleased with having the Victorian by his side for the 14th edition of the cash-rich league and finds a “different energy” in the Aussie all-rounder ahead of the season opener against Mumbai Indians in Chennai.
“We wanted Maxi, specifically targeted him at the auction in February. You obviously feel great when things end up happening to where you thought they would. Zamps sent me that picture of them (Zampa and Maxwell) at a practice session handing over the RCB cap even before the auction happened. Zamps a very funny guy, thought it was hilarious and I sent it to Maxi as well,” Virat Kohli said in a video uploaded by the franchise.
“He’s a good guy, we’ve caught up in the past as well when I was in Australia on a tour. He’s just very happy to be in RCB and I see a different energy about him this time,” the skipper stated.