Glenn Maxwell can now look back at the break he took from the game due to mental health concerns very differently having made use of that phase to refresh himself before going on to smash opposition attacks during the ongoing edition of the Big Bash League.
Maxwell's future seemed uncertain when he made the news of the battle he was fighting within public following a T20I versus Sri Lanka earlier this summer. But quite bravely, the 31-year-old right-hander recovered to step on the field once again, undeterred of his sacking from the Australian white-ball teams, scoring heaps of runs ever since for Melbourne Stars.
Maxwell's latest innings saw him smash the bowling to all parts for an unbeaten 45-ball 83 in his team's seven-wicket win over the Renegades.
"It's almost the spider theory -- they're more scared of you than you are of them," cricket.com.au quoted Maxwell as saying.
"As a middle-order player you make a lot of mistakes and you generally cop the brunt of criticism for not getting the team over the line or playing a silly shot at the wrong time."
"I've just gotten better at choosing my moment, choosing my areas a little bit better and just staying a bit calmer," he added.
"It doesn't matter if the (required) run rate goes up above 11 (per over), I have the confidence that I'll catch up."
Having admitted that he was physically and mentally ruined, Maxwell could only thank people wholeheartedly for their support during the difficult times. "I'm so thankful that Cricket Australia and all the powers that we're able to grant me that break and get myself right," he said.
"I think I'm starting to see the benefits now, I've got no demons in my head. I've been able to get everything off my chest and been able to deal with things better."
"I'm still talking to people about managing different parts of my life and making sure I've still got that balance," Maxwell added.
"It's nice to be a bit more relaxed when I'm batting. I don't have anything going in the back of my mind, I don't have any of these other thoughts. It's been nice and calm out there."
(Inputs from cricket.com.au)