New Delhi: Glenn Maxwell says Virat Kohli is the best multi-format cricketer in the world as he prepares to team up with the him at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Kohli’s Indian Premier League (IPL) side signed Maxwell for the 2021 season, in a side that also includes AB de Villiers.
Maxwell said his link up was “really exciting”, given Kohli’s ability and following.
“It’s going to be next level,” Maxwell told AAP.
“He’s been the pinnacle of the game for a while as a multi-format player from Tests all the way to T20s.
“He’s been able to adapt his game, dominate for a long period of time and deal with the Indian pressure of being their captain and their best player.
“I’m looking forward to watching him go about his work, not just in games but in training, and hopefully tapping into some of the leadership stuff and try and learn off him.”
Maxwell said the pair had developed a “good friendship” over the years as opponents.
Kohli went in to bat for Maxwell when the Victorian opened up about his challenges with mental health and took a break from cricket in 2019.
“He’s been a solid backer of my stance,” Maxwell said.
“In a way he probably understood a lot of the things that I was going through … a lot of expectation and pressure, which I’m sure he can relate to.”
Bangalore have a strong Australian connection this season, with fellow Australian T20 squad teammates Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa and Josh Philippe joining Maxwell at the IPL side, as well as veteran Dan Christian.