Sydney, March 22:
Australia’s explosive batsman Glenn Maxwell on Sunday said the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) had helped him to get along with Indians really well.
“Personally, I get along with them really well,” Maxwell was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia (CA).
The 26-year-old said that after playing for three IPL teams — Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians — he had developed real friendship with a number of Indians.
“Playing with three different teams, you get to know a lot of them, spend time with them, go to dinners with them and you start to develop real friendships and you stay in touch with them as well,” Maxwell said.
He added that after playing in IPL with Indians, it had become hard to play against them.
“It makes it hard when you play against them because you’ve got to still have that fine line of keeping it competitive on the field but they’re also your mates. So you’ve got to continue trying to play as if you’re playing your worst enemy every time,” the right-handed batsman said.
“It’s sometimes hard, I find myself laughing with a lot of the guys and you get people yelling at you to concentrate or stick to the game. But I’m not into that sort of stuff.”
The all-rounder said that off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has had some infamous on-field tussles with Australians, was one of the funniest cricketers around.
“He is brilliant. He’s one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met.” (IANS)