Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is known for his unorthodoxy in his approach to the game of cricket. Currently leading the Melbourne Stars in the ongoing BBL season 8 and will captain them in the first semi-final against Hobart Hurricanes.
His captaincy exploits led to him being named as the alternate captain to Australia’s 2019 World Cup squad by his 2015 World Cup winning teammate Mitchell Johnson. Maxwell himself has revealed that he takes a captain's view of every match he plays, even those in which he carries no formal leadership role.
"I feel like every time I've played in a team, I've acted as a captain. I've probably always looked at the game as a captain, and always tried to help out different captains in a way that will help the team. There's certainly not an extra burden of responsibility. It just feels like it's something I've always been ready to do. A captaincy role, a way to control the game, a way to understand the game, a way to understand the opposition,” said Maxwell.
Glenn Maxwell also shed light on his approach to the game as a captain in limited overs format. The way Maxwell explains it when at the crease he knows his preferred hitting areas dependent on field settings, rival bowlers, boundary distances, prevailing wind and any other variables that might come into play.
Maxwell said, "It's almost a case of triple-bluffing a player because they can read your games. Even in the death overs, when they're trying to improvise, I know what they're thinking. When I set a field, I know where they're going to go, and I know where I can tell the bowler to bowl. It gets to that sort of level when you're captaining, and I really enjoy that part of the game and that excitement of testing your mental skills against someone else."
"I love to test my cricket knowledge against anyone else in the Big Bash, and it's been great fun so far captaining against some of the better captains in Australia and just the challenge of coming up against those players," Maxwell said.
"Seeing how I go, and seeing how the players I have in my side back that up and stick to their plans, and are able to execute their plans. It might not come off all the time, but when it does come off it's a nice feeling. And it's sometimes a better feeling than actually making runs yourself," Maxwell signed off.