Glenn Maxwell Reckons It's Difficult To Stay In Bio Bubbles And Move From One To Another
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Glenn Maxwell Reckons It’s Difficult To Stay In Bio Bubbles And Move From One To Another

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell, big-hitting Australian all-rounder says being continuously confined to bio-bubbles amidst Covid-19 can become a “nightmare” and cricketers are leading a “difficult lifestyle” right now to ensure that they continue to do their job.

Glenn Maxwell was expected to trigger a bidding war at the IPL 2021 auction owing to his skills and international pedigree despite his flop show in IPL 2020 for Kings XI Punjab(now Punjab Kings). RCB bought the star Australian all-rounder after beating CSK in an intense bidding war.

Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter
Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter

Glenn Maxwell, who had his share of problems with mental fatigue in the past, admitted that adjusting to such a life amidst the pandemic is definitely taking a toll on players around the world.

“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,” he said 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.”

Talking about the upcoming IPL 2021, Glenn Maxwell said couldn’t care less for all the chatter around his hefty price tag despite underwhelming past performances as he is excited about living a long-cherished dream of playing alongside Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Despite poor outings in the last two IPLs, Glenn Maxwell managed to earn big bucks when RCB signed him for a whopping INR 14.25 crore.

“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 fair bit but finally I got to play in the same team,” Maxwell said in an interview posted RCB on its youtube page.

“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.”

RCB will take on Mumbai Indians in the tournament-opener in Chennai on Friday. RCB bought Glenn Maxwell (Rs 14.25 crore, Kyle Jamieson (Rs 15 crore), Dan Christian (Rs 4.8 crore), and 5 other players at their base price. KS Bharat, Suyash Prabhudessai, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby were the other 5 buys.

The team retained just 12 players while releasing as many as 10 players that included some notable names like Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, and Moeen Ali. RCB traded Harshal Patel and Daniel Sams from Delhi Capitals (DC).

Glenn Maxwell Is Excited To Get Going In IPL 2021

He said his vast experience of playing in Indian conditions could turn out to be handy for Virat Kohli and the RCB in their endeavor to lift a maiden IPL title.

“…I think my performances will take care of themselves. I want to have a positive influence of everything I do, be it attitude, helping out around the team, leadership wise helping out Virat when he needs it… I suppose with my experience, I think it’s my 22nd trip to India… so with that sort of experience you have got to help out the rest of the group,” Maxwell said.

Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Glenn Maxwell said having spent the entire lockdown period with his fiancee at his Melbourne home, he is feeling fresh now and can’t wait to take the field for his new IPL side.

“I was so excited to get going. A new team, a new tournament we are back in India after Dubai last year, I was so excited. Happy to be outside of quarantine. It was nice to see some friendly faces, meet a few new people, get out and run around.Hopefully, that lifts other people as well when they see you happy running around. It can be infectious, it can spread through the group pretty quickly as much as a negative reaction can.”

Glenn Maxwell has so far played 82 IPL matches where he has amassed 1505 runs and picked up 19 wickets. He failed at UAE in 2020 where he managed to score only 108 runs averaging a pathetic 15.42 at a strike rate of below 102. He was subsequently released by Punjab Kings ahead of the IPL auction last week.

RCB Probable Playing XI: Virat Kohli(c), Finn Allen (wk), AB De Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Azharuddeen/ Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar,  Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal.