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Out of form, Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Glenn Maxwell opts for a break

Maxwell’s absence from RCB’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Monday was initially attributed to a finger injury he suffered during the previous match against Mumbai Indians

PTI Bangalore Published 17.04.24, 09:44 AM
Glenn Maxwell averages just 5.33 with the bat for RCB this season.

Glenn Maxwell averages just 5.33 with the bat for RCB this season. PTI

Royal Challengers Bengaluru all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has decided to take an indefinite “mental and physical” break from the Indian Premier League, blaming his wretched batting form (average 5.33) for the decision.

Maxwell’s absence from RCB’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Monday was initially attributed to a finger injury he suffered during the previous match against Mumbai Indians.

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But he later admitted to dropping himself from the squad.

“It was a pretty easy decision. I went to Faf and the coaches after the last game (vs Mumbai Indians) and said it was probably time we tried someone else (in his place),” Maxwell said in the post-match media meet.

“It’s actually a good time to give myself a bit of a mental and physical break, get my body right.

“If I’m required to get in during the tournament, I can, hopefully, get back into a solid mental and physical space where I can make an impact,” he added.

This is the second time in his career that Maxwell has opted out of competitive cricket in order to gather himself.

He had taken a similar break in October 2019, stating that he felt mentally and physically ruined at that time.

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