IPL 2020 Glenn Maxwell upset with Virender Sehwag : Former India opener Virender Sehwag is known to not hold back on his opinions and was pretty harsh on Australia’s Glenn Maxwell while analysing his performance for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020. Maxwell has brushed aside the criticism by saying, ‘Sehwag is in media for such comments’. According to Maxwell, ‘he is upset but will take it with a grain of salt and move on’.
“It’s ok. Viru is pretty outspoken with his dislike of me, and that’s fine. He’s allowed to say whatever he likes,” Maxwell was quoted as saying by The West Australian. “He’s in the media for such statements, so that’s fine. I deal with that and move on, and take it with a grain of salt with Sehwag.”
Sehwag went to the extent of labelling the Australian a “10-crore cheerleader” who, according to him, was on a “highly-paid vacation” in the UAE.
The Australian batting all-rounder had a below-par IPL 2020. He played 13 matches for KXIP and scored just 108 runs at an average of 15.42 and a strike rate of 101.88.
Maxwell, who had taken a brief break from cricket, due to mental health issues, said that the time off cricket had helped him deal with these “sorts of things”.
“I think I’m better equipped with dealing with those sorts of things now,” Maxwell said.
“I think in hindsight it was a pretty good time to go through something like that where I was able to put some groundwork in to deal with adversity. This year has certainly been a massive test of it.”
Ind vs Aus : Glenn Maxwell says, Rohit’s absence helps but KL Rahul now bigger worry
Rohit Sharma’s absence from the upcoming white ball series is a big “positive” for Australia but KL Rahul is as good a player to fill in the void, feels dashing batsman Glenn Maxwell.
Rahul will be Virat Kohli’s deputy in the white-ball leg since regular vice-captain Rohit is recuperating from a hamstring injury sustained during IPL.
“He (Rohit) is a class performer, so consistent as an opening batsman with a couple of (three) double hundreds. So anytime he is not in the line-up against you, it is a positive,” Maxwell said during an interaction organised by series official broadcasters Sony.
The three-match ODI series begins on November 27 followed by a T20 International series.
For Maxwell, KL Rahul is as good a back-up as any team can wish for.
“But in saying that, India have still got back-ups, more than capable of playing that role. We saw KL Rahul, the performance that he put on during the last IPL was extraordinary. Whether he opens the batting or not, I am sure he will be just as good a player,” Maxwell said during a virtual media interaction.
In Rohit’s absence, it is expected that Mayank Agarwal will open the innings along with Shikhar Dhawan as Rahul, who will keep wickets is expected to bat middle-order.
However Maxwell is a big fan of Agarwal-Rahul opening pair that did really well during the first phase of IPL.
“Well, I would say they (Mayank-Rahul) are the two lovely guys, I have ever met. It was a pleasure to spend the change room (with them), two very good players, they score all-round the wicket and have got very limited weaknesses,” Maxwell was all praise for them.