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Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who had a difficult IPL 2020 season last year,  is among one of the highest-paid players in the ongoing season of the cash-rich league. After Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings (PBKS)) released him ahead of this season’s auction, Maxwell was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Maxwell, during an interaction with RCB for their Bold Diaries series, explained how the IPL has helped him to get better recognition and also become a better player. He first appeared in the IPL for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the 2012 edition. He moved to Mumbai Indians for the 2013 season and then shifted to PBKS.

Notably, during the 2014 season, Maxwell was one of the leading run-scorers in IPL that year. He, however, has failed to replicate his exploits from that season, so far. But, he admitted that it was the 2014 season that helped him to make a name for himself in Australia.

Further in the conversation, Maxwell revealed that people had started considering him as a sub-continent specialist when he performed well. He also noted that after that season he got more chances for Australia. He also credited IPL to have given him that opportunity and platform. 

“I have been a massive beneficiary of the IPL. It certainly fast-tracked my international T20 career, I have been able to experience the Indian conditions, we had an IPL in Dubai in 2014 and I was able to perform really well over there,” said Maxwell.

“After that, I got a bit pigeon-holed in Australia over being a sub-continent specialist. “It got me a few ODIs and Test tours which I probably would not have been able to do so if not for the IPL,” he added.

The 32-year-old also said that the IPL gives an opportunity to young players to interact with senior pros. Maxwell revealed he got to learn a lot of things about batting from the Indian batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar, during his stint with the Mumbai Indians.

‘Maxi” also shared that he has a good relationship with Yuzvendra Chahal, who has now become his teammate again. The duo had previously been together with MI during the 2013 season.

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