Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been so good to him that he will play in the lucrative T20 competition until he “can’t walk anymore”.
“The IPL will probably be the last tournament I ever play, as I will play the IPL until I can’t walk anymore,” said Maxwell during a recent interaction.
“I was talking about how good the IPL has been to me throughout my career; the people I’ve met, the coaches I have played under, the international players that you get to rub shoulders with, how beneficial to my whole career that tournament has been,” he further said.
“You are rubbing shoulders with AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli for two months, talking to them while watching other games. It’s just the greatest learning experience that any player could ask for. Hopefully a lot of our Australian players can get over to the IPL and get to work in slightly similar conditions to the West Indies, where it is a little bit drier, it will spin,” he added.
Maxwell has been associated with the IPL for more than a decade now, starting out at Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) in 2012. In 2013, he became the first million-dollar player after Mumbai Indians snapped him up for that amount in the auction.
Yet his breakthrough season came in 2014 when he featured for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) and scored 552 runs at a strike rate of 187.75. He had only one decent season in the next five years before turning up for RCB following the 2021 auction.
He had a season tallies of 513, 301 and 400 in 2021, 2022, and 2023 respectively for RCB, with strike rates improving each year. Last season, he scored at a blistering 183.49 – his best since that incredible 2014 season.