Former India batsman Virender Sehwag didn't mince words in his assessment of Glenn Maxwell's performance in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The former India opener event called the Australian all-rounder a "10-crore cheerleader" who, according to Sehwag, was on a "highly-paid vacation" in the UAE. Maxwell, however, has finally responded to Sehwag's comment.
Instead of getting into a mud-slinging match with the ex-Indian cricketer, Maxwell brushed aside Sehwag's remarks by saying that he was fine with his "outspoken" remarks.
"It's fine. Viru is pretty outspoken with his dislike of me, and that is fine. He is allowed to say whatever he likes. 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," Maxwell told The West Australian.
Maxwell, who recently recovered from mental health issues, said that him time away from the game helped him deal with these "sorts of things".
"I think I'm better equipped with dealing with those sorts of things now. 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," he added.
The all-rounder had a disappointing time during the IPL as he scored just 108 runs at an average of 15.42 from 14 outings. He didn't even manage to hit a single six in the entirety of IPL 2020.