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Ricky Ponting Commends Glenn Maxwell’s Decision, Advocates Supportive Environment
By CricShots - Apr 16, 2024 7:14 pm
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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is renowned for its high-octane action and intense competition. However, the constant pressure and scrutiny can take a toll on even the most seasoned players. This is exactly what Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is experiencing, leading him to take an indefinite “mental and physical health” break from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). This isn’t Maxwell’s first time stepping away to prioritize his well-being.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell witnesses back-to-back failures

Having previously done so in 2019, he once again recognized the need to address the mental strain affecting his performance. The decision came after a string of low scores and a request to be rested from the match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting, a legend in his own right, offered his perspective on Maxwell’s situation. Ponting, who has witnessed Maxwell’s talent firsthand, highlighted the immense pressure placed on star players like Maxwell and Virat Kohli in the RCB setup.

“For someone like Glenn in that team (RCB), he being one of the ‘Big Dogs’ along with Virat, a lot of pressure comes on a couple of players playing in that team,” Ricky Ponting said in an exclusive interview. “If they don’t perform, the results tend to not follow them.”

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RCB’s current position at the bottom of the IPL table underscores the impact of this pressure. Ponting emphasizes the importance of acknowledging the individual coping mechanisms players utilize to manage such stress.

“Every individual is different, right,” he explained. “Some guys would want to get going and push through that and get some runs on board and thus that will change their way of how they think about the game and some guys need to step back and have a break.”

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Ricky Ponting has being doing a great job for Delhi Capitals

Ricky Ponting believes that coaches have a crucial role to play in prioritizing player well-being. “That’s why one needs to be really understanding as a coach now that anyone who is around the cricket team, their health and well-being and welfare of the players is something you think about first,” he stated.

For elite athletes like Maxwell, having a strong support system is vital for navigating the emotional rollercoaster of success and failure. Ponting highlights the importance of loved ones in helping players cope with the demands of the sport.

“With more and more cricket being played, a lot of times you are away from home when you play international sport,” Ricky Ponting said. “You are away from all the things that make you happy, that certainly is the biggest part of what we do, coaching or playing.”

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At the press conference, Maxwell himself revealed his decision to take a break. “For me, personally, it was a pretty easy decision,” he stated. He acknowledged his struggles and the impact they were having on the team. I have been in this situation in the past where you can keep playing and get yourself deeper into a hole,” Glenn Maxwell said. He emphasized the need to give another player a chance while he refocuses on his mental and physical well-being.

Maxwell’s decision to prioritize his mental health sets a positive precedent in the IPL. By openly addressing the challenges he faces, he encourages other players to do the same. Recognizing the need for breaks and prioritizing well-being are essential steps in fostering a sustainable and healthy environment for athletes to perform at their best.