Punjab and Australia all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell, has responded to Virender Sehwag's criticism of him by saying that he knows how to move on from such reproval.
Sehwag, a former Punjab batsman, was harsh in his criticism of Maxwell to an extent that he branded the Australian a "10 crore cheerleader". "Glenn Maxwell. This 10-crore cheerleader proved costly for Punjab. And he has had a bad record of shirking work over the past few seasons. But this season he went to new extremes," said Sehwag.
The former India opener was harsh in his analysis, but Maxwell, himself, wasn't particularly impressive either. The 32-year-old scored a mere 108 runs at a mediocre average of 15.42 and a poor strike-rate of 101.88 as his side finished sixth in the 2020 Indian T20 League table.
Responding to Sehwag's words, Maxwell said that he's 'better equipped with dealing with those sorts of things now.'
"It's ok. Viru is pretty outspoken with his dislike of me, and that's fine. He's allowed to say whatever he likes," Maxwell was quoted as saying by The West Australian.
"He's in the media for such statements, so that's fine. I deal with that and move on, and take it with a grain of salt with Sehwag."
In October last year, the all-rounder took a break from the sport due to mental health problems. He pulled out of Australia's home series midway through the season and made a comeback after more than two months for the Big Bash League.
"I think I'm better equipped with dealing with those sorts of things now."
"I think in hindsight it was a pretty good time to go through something like that where I was able to put some groundwork in to deal with adversity. This year has certainly been a massive test of it."
Despite his substandard return, Maxwell will be in action during India's tour of Australia, having been part of the latter's ODI and T20I squad.
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