Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is thrilled to play alongside Virat Kohli and learn from Virat Kohli in the upcoming IPL, calling the Indian captain “the pinnacle of the game” for his dominance in all formats.
The Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Maxwell, who was released by Punjab Kings after a regular IPL in 2020, for a whopping Rs 14.25 crore at auction last month.
“It’s (the RCB relay) is going to be on the next level,” Maxwell told Australian Associated Press (AAP).
“He (Kohli) has been the pinnacle of the game for a while as a multi-format player from testing through to T20s.
“He was able to adapt his game, dominate for a long time and face the Indian pressure to be their captain and their best player,” added Maxwell.
The Indian Premier League is set to kick off in the second week of April and the all-rounder hopes to recoup some of the leadership qualities of the Indian skipper, who will also captain Maxwell at RCB.
“I can’t wait to see him do his job, not just in games but in training, and I hope to tap into some of the leadership stuff and try to learn from him.
The 32-year-old said he had developed a ‘good friendship’ with Kohli over the years, adding that the Indian maestro had supported him when he took a mental health break in 2019.
“He’s been a strong support for my position,” Maxwell said.
“In a way, he probably understood a lot of things that I was going through… a lot of expectation and pressure, which I’m sure he can relate to.
Kohli, who recently opened up about his own battle with depression on a heartbreaking tour of England in 2014, had praised Maxwell’s decision to take a break.