Glenn Maxwell, a big-hitting Australian all-rounder, says that being confined to bio-bubbles all the time can become a “nightmare” and that cricketers are actually living a “difficult lifestyle” to ensure that they can continue to do their job. Maxwell, who has previously suffered from mental exhaustion, acknowledged that adapting to such a lifestyle in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on players all over the world.
“It’s really difficult (to switch from one bubble to another) because you’re shielded from people outside your bio-secure bubble and you get trapped in this never-ending nightmare where you’re living the same day over and over again,” he said in an interview with his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, which was posted on the Royal Challengers Bangalore YouTube channel.
“It’s almost as if you’ve forgotten how to have a regular conversation with other people. That can be incredibly challenging mentally and is a major challenge. But it’s nice to be back on the field, doing our work and entertaining people. However, it is still a difficult way of life at the moment “he said
“Some marriages 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 performances because he is looking forward to fulfilling a long-held dream of playing alongside Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Despite poor performances in the last two IPLs, Maxwell was able to receive 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, but I finally got to play in the same team as them “Maxwell remarked.
When asked if he was shocked by the high bid he received at the auction, he replied, “Not really.”
“I figured 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 above and beyond to secure 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 help Kohli and the RCB in their search for a first IPL title.
“I trust that my performances will speak for themselves.” “I want everything I do to have a positive impact, whether it’s my attitude, helping out around the team, or leadership-wise assisting Virat when he needs it.” “I suppose with my background, I believe 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 entire 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 great to see some familiar faces, meet some new people, and get out and about.
“Hopefully, seeing you smiling and running around raises other people’s spirits as well. It has the ability to be contagious, spreading across the community as rapidly as a negative reaction.”