Nicknamed 'Big Show' for his ambitious approach on the field, Glenn Maxwell justified the tag in the Indian Premier League auction. The 24-year-old went for a cool $1 million to the Mumbai Indians, and since then has been the toast of the Australia dressing room. On his fifth trip to India, Maxwell told HT that he aimed to make it a memorable one. Excerpts:
I suppose because sides are looking for players who can do a bit of everything. My spin bowling has come on a fair bit over the last year or so and playing with the Delhi Daredevils helped a little bit. I trained well with them, did well in the practice games. I didn't get many opportunities because we had so many world- class players.
I don't read a lot of what is written in the media so I don't know what people are taking about. I see my job when I come in to play for Australia, not to make massive hundreds or take lots of wickets. My job as an allrounder in this side is to fill a hole, to do the job that Australia need me to do and hopefully I'm part of a successful team which means I'm doing my job right. I've got bigger fish to fry with the Test series.
It would be nice to bowl to Sachin during the Tests and get him a few times. I would have some bragging rights when I get to play with him. I was lucky to bowl to him a few years ago when he came over and I was playing for the Chairman's XI in Canberra. It was an amazing experience. He took me to the cleaners, so hopefully I get one back this time as I've improved a lot. I do drive a shocking car but I don't drive it too often. I think my dad's in the process of selling it right now. I'm going to buy a house straightaway. I need to get my money into some property in Melbourne. It's a new phase in my life. I don't think I'll be buying a car, I'll probably borrow my girlfriend's.