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Sehwag Calls Maxwell A ‘10 Crore Cheerleader’ But His Classic Response Outweighed The Brashness

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After Glenn Maxwell’s disappointing season in the Indian Premier League 2020, the Kings XI Punjab all-rounder must have known that he was going to face a lot of criticism in the days to come.

However, one of the most talked-about critics of the game who has made a name for himself in the analytical department by giving his inputs in a not-so-subtle way, Virender Sehwag decided to take criticism to the next level when he called the Australian a “Rs 10-crore cheerleader”.

On his Facebook series titled Viru Ki Baithak, the former Indian opener said: 

"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."

He even went on to say that Maxwell just had himself "a highly-paid vacation" 

Nonetheless, Glenn Maxwell once again showed that he is a perfect gentleman when he gave out his response to Sehwag’s brash comments. 

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The West Australian quoted the cricketer saying:  

"It's ok. Viru is pretty outspoken with his dislike of me, and that's fine. He's allowed to say whatever he likes. 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."  

While an excellent player and a great asset for the Australian cricket team to have by their side, Glenn Maxwell’s greatest individual contribution towards the cricketer fraternity and the sports world as a whole was his courage to come out and talk about having mental health issues.

Sehwag Calls Maxwell A ‘10 Crore Cheerleader’ © Reuters

Last year, the righty went on a small break away from cricket in order to work on some mental health troubles and was lauded by the rest of the society to openly address them, instead of trying to suppress them within his mind.

That break not only allowed him to return to his team with a renewed vigour but also a strong mindset which helps him endure things like Sehwag’s unhelpful comments.

Sehwag Calls Maxwell A ‘10 Crore Cheerleader’ © Reuters

Maxwell added:

"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."

As far as the Indian player turned commentator is concerned, while such comments do make for an entertaining and spicy video and the fans with a taste for shade-throwing would have definitely enjoyed the content, Sehwag, who has been at the centre of a lot of useless criticism during his time as a Man in Blue, must understand the difference between what sort of criticism is constructive and what’s not.


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