a heavy hitter Continuously being limited to bio-bubbles, according to Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, can become a “nightmare,” and cricketers are currently living a “difficult lifestyle” to ensure that they can afford to do their work. Maxwell, who has previously suffered with mental exhaustion, acknowledged that adapting to such a lifestyle in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on players all over the world. “It’s really tough (to switch from one bubble to another)…you’re shielded from people outside your bio-secure bubble, and you get trapped in this never-ending nightmare where you’re repeated the same day,” says one participant.
He said this in an interview with his IPL team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, which was posted on the team’s YouTube page.
“It’s as as if you’ve learned how to have a regular conversation with other people. That can be incredibly complex psychologically and is a huge challenge. But it’s nice to be back on the field, doing our work and entertaining people. However, it is still a complicated way of life at the moment “he said
“Some bonds are often strained as a result of it. You’ll need your friends and family to help you get through the toughest times.”
Maxwell, speaking about the upcoming IPL, said he couldn’t care less about the talk about his hefty price tag amid underwhelming past results because he is looking forward to fulfilling a long-held fantasy of playing alongside Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Despite disappointing performances in the last two IPLs, Maxwell was able to win a large sum of money in this year’s auction when he was signed by RCB for Rs 14.25 crore.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other (dream of playing alongside Kohli and de Villiers). Obviously, I knew them well off the field and had played against them a lot, so I actually got to play on the same squad as them “Maxwell remarked.
When asked if he was shocked by the high bid he got at the auction, he responded, “Not particularly.”
“I felt there might be some interest in this. Many teams have brought in the middle-order overseas player, but I was aware that a couple of teams were interested in a batting off-spinner, and I am grateful that two teams went beyond and beyond to procure my services.”
On Friday, RCB will face Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener in Chennai. He believes his extensive experience playing in Indian conditions would benefit Kohli and the RCB in their search for a first IPL title.
“…I’m confident that my performances will stand on their own. “I want everything I do to have a good impact, whether it’s my behaviour, helping out around the team, or leadership-wise assisting Virat when he needs it… ” “I suppose with my background, I assume this is my 22nd trip to India… you have to help out the rest of the party,” Maxwell explained.
Maxwell said he is feeling refreshed after spending the whole lockdown time with his fiancee at his Melbourne home and can’t wait to play for his new IPL team.
“I couldn’t wait to get started.” I was so happy to be back in India after Dubai last year with a new team and a new tournament. I’m glad to be out of quarantine. It was awesome to see some familiar faces, meet some new friends, and get out and about.
“Hopefully, seeing you smiling and skipping around raises other people’s spirits as well.” It has the potential to be contagious, spreading across the community as rapidly as a negative reaction.”