Bought for INR 14.25 crore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Glenn Maxwell, who has had his share of mental fatigue in the past feels that moving from one biosecure bubble to another is difficult, calling it a nightmare.
"It's very difficult (to move from one bubble to other)...you being sheltered from people outside your bio-secure bubble and you get stuck into this never-ending nightmare where you are living the same day over and over again," he said in an interview posted by RCB on its YouTube channel.
"You almost tend to forget how to have a normal conversation with the outside world. That can be very hard mentally and is a massive challenge. But it's great to be back playing and to be able to do our jobs and entertain people. But it's still a difficult lifestyle at the moment," he said.
"It does put a strain on a lot of relationships as well. You need your support networks to get you through those tough times," he added.
The Australia all-rounder added that it was a dream to play with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for a long time. "It's been a long time (dream of playing alongside Kohli and de Villiers). Obviously having known them very well off the field, played against them fair bit but finally, I got to play in the same team," Maxwell said.
Maxwell reckons his vast experience of playing in Indian conditions could come in handy in RCB's bid to lift their maiden IPL title. "...I think my performances will take care of themselves. I want to have a positive influence on everything I do, be it attitude, helping out around the team, leadership wise helping out Virat when he needs it...
"I suppose with my experience, I think it's my 22nd trip to India... so with that sort of experience you have got to help out the rest of the group," Maxwell said.
RCB kick start their IPL 2021 campaign in Chennai against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI).