Puno, April 9: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s intrepid all-rounder Glenn Maxwell feels having strong backing from players and support staff, as well as clarity about his role, helped him perform well at IPL 2021.
Before the start of the tournament last year, Maxwell was chosen by Bangalore in the auction and justified the deal by scoring 513 runs in 15 games at an average of 42.75 and a strike rate of 144.10.
“I think just the calm in the locker room. Having other guys around me, I felt like I had a clearer role, I didn’t really change from game to game. Going out there and playing the same role almost always was really nice. There was a confidence. amazing in the locker room. I felt like I had great support from both the players and staff. So, it was a really nice change,” Maxwell said in a pre-match chat with announcers Star Sports.
With Saturday’s match against Mumbai Indians, Maxwell will mark his first IPL 2022 appearance after missing the opening matches due to his marriage to Indian-born pharmacist Vini Raman. She felt that her marriage gave her time to prepare well for the tournament.
“Not really (about marriage affecting preparation). In fact, it helped me a bit. Having a week or so to prepare before the start of the tournament. Otherwise, it would have been a bit rushed if I had come straight from the summer. So, I haven’t played for a month, but I spent a little time on the nets, preparing myself with some exercises to start and also had a good introduction to the game.” Bangalore has four points from three matches and is looking to pick up two more against Mumbai. Maxwell bowed out hoping that Bangalore continues its winning ways, especially with a ten-team league, which means the competition gets tougher.
“It’s a little different with ten teams now. The margin for error is much smaller. For us, we’ve started very well with two wins from three games. Each team is feeling its way through the competition. To look at ourselves on the bright side, it’s a good way to start the tournament. Continuing that winning momentum is going to be really key for any team going forward. We certainly hope to be able to do that from here on out.”