Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be the last competition he will back out from in his career. However, he was recently retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) before the 2024 IPL mini-auction, and judging by his recent form, he still has a few years left in him to smash records.
However, his preparations for the 2024 T20 World Cup will certainly be good as he will lead the Melbourne Stars in the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) season. He shared the importance of the IPL in his career, he told reporters at the Melbourne airport: “The IPL will probably be the last tournament I ever play, as I will play the IPL until I can’t walk anymore. I was talking about how good the IPL has been to me throughout my career; the people I’ve met, the coaches I have played under, the international players that you get to rub shoulders with, how beneficial to my whole career that tournament has been.”
He further stated: “You’re rubbing shoulders with AB [de Villiers] and Virat [Kohli] for two months, talking to them while watching other games. It’s just the greatest learning experience that any player could ask for.”
However, Glenn Maxwell had a good stint with Kings XI Punjab (now renamed Punjab Kings) in his early days, and then he played well with his current team, RCB, where he spent a couple of seasons as well. Meanwhile, the IPL will be viewed as the ideal preparation for the players, keeping the 2024 T20 World Cup in mind as well.
“Hopefully a lot of our Australian players can get over to the IPL and get to work in slightly similar conditions to the West Indies, where it is a little bit drier, it will spin,” Glenn Maxwell concluded. “As soon as we won this World Cup, we all talked about the refocus towards the next one’m hoping it’s going be a really exciting summer for the BBL, with what is just around the corner.”