Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said Virat Kohli will be feeling less burdened after resigning as the captain. He also feels pressure-free Kohli will be ‘dangerous news’ to oppositions in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Virat Kohli gave up the RCB captaincy after IPL 2021. RCB appointed Faf du Plessis as their new captain after weeks of speculation and the new skipper said Virat Kohli’s energy and leadership experience will be crucial to other team’s chances in IPL 2022.
During a chat on the RCB podcast, Glenn Maxwell said, “He knows he’s handing the captaincy over, which I think is potentially a big burden for him. It might have been something that’s been weighing him down for a while and now that he’s been able to release it, it might be dangerous news for opposition teams.”
Maxwell, who shared a fine rapport with Kohli after getting picked by RCB last year, said he is excited to see the relaxed version of Kohli, enjoy the next few years of his career without the burden of captaincy.
Explaining the same, Glenn Maxwell said, “It is amazing for him to be relaxed a bit and actually enjoy the next few years of his career without any of that sort of external pressure. I think playing against him in earlier days, he was a fiery competitor, getting in your face. He’s always trying to impose himself on the game. Impose himself on the opposition.”
The Australian all-rounder is loving the cricketing conversations he is having with Kohli and is himself surprised that the former India skipper has become a close friend.
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Talking about friendship, Glenn Maxwell said, “Something I’ve noticed more from him this year is he’s been really measured with his emotions. He’s certainly really surprised me and probably how close we’ve both gotten to each other as well this year. Being able to talk about the game in a calm manner. Because you do see that over-excited, in your face style when you play against him. But to play with him and have really good conversations about the game, I’ve really enjoyed that.”