Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell dismissed former KXIP coach and Indian drummer Virender Sehwag’s remark, saying he would take them with a pinch of salt.
Sehwag used remarks such as ’10 cheerleaders’ and ‘well-paid vacation’ for Maxwell following his struggles during the recently concluded IPL for Kings XI.
Maxwell, who was bought by the Punjab franchise for INR 10.75 crore, came back with just 108 points in 13 games to an average of 15.4, without scoring even a single six.
Sehwag has also been openly harsh on Maxwell in the past, but this time his form and inability to score quick runs has caused the former to criticize him again.
“It’s okay. Viri (Sehwag) is pretty blunt with his dislike of me, and that’s fine. He’s allowed to say whatever he wants,” said Maxwell.
“He’s in the media for such statements, so it’s okay. I take care of that and move on, and I take that with a grain of salt with Sehwag.
Maxwell attributed his mental health break (which he took last year) as a guide to dealing with opinions and perspectives like these since then. “I think I’m better equipped to deal with this stuff now,” Maxwell said.
“I think in hindsight it was a good time to go through something like this where I was able to lay the foundation to face adversity. This year has certainly been a massive test.
“Being able to help people through different times of difficult times and being able to help myself during those difficult times has also been very important.”
Maxwell has been named to the 18-man limited-series squad against India, starting November 27 in Sydney.