The veteran Australian all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell called the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli “the pinnacle of the game” and said it’s “really exciting” to play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the team Kohli leads in the Indian Premier League (IPL). RCB bought Maxwell for ₹14.25 crores in the player auction in February and he will be sharing the dressing room with Kohli and AB de Villiers at IPL 2021.
Talking about the same during a chat with the Australian Associated Press (AAP), Glenn Maxwell said, “It’s going to be next level. He (Kohli) has been the pinnacle of the game for a while as a multi-format player from Tests all the way to T20s. He’s been able to adapt his game, dominate for a long period of time and deal with the Indian pressure of being their captain and their best player.”
He further added, “I’m looking forward to watching him go about his work, not just in games but in training, and hopefully tapping into some of the leadership stuff and try and learn off him.”
Kohli had extended words of support to Maxwell when the latter had taken a break from cricket in 2019 to work on his mental health.
Recently, during a chat with Mark Nicholas, Virat Kohli had revealed that he had been dealing with depression during India’s 2014 tour to England. Maxwell said he has developed a good friendship with Kohli even as opponents.
Talking about Kohli further, Maxwell said, “He’s been a solid backer of my stance. In a way he probably understood a lot of the things that I was going through … a lot of expectation and pressure, which I’m sure he can relate to.”