IPL 2021: I see a different energy in Glenn Maxwell this time, says RCB captain Virat Kohli

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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli is thrilled at the prospect of having Glenn Maxwell in his squad this season as they begin their hunt for the elusive IPL title when the tournament begins on April 9.

RCB shelled out a whopping Rs 14.25 crore for Maxwell, who was released by Punjab Kings earlier this year. The Australian all-rounder has a very underwhelming record in the IPL but was still hot property at the mini-auction in February.

Even before the auction, Maxwell had expressed his desire to play for RCB under his good friend Kohli, who was also keen on having the Aussie star in his squad this season. Kohli opened up about Maxwell and how RCB targeted him in the auction in the latest episode of 'Bold Diaries'.

"We wanted Maxi, specifically targeted him at the auction in February. You obviously feel great when things end up happening to where you thought they would.

"Zamps sent me that picture of them (Zampa and Maxwell) at a practice session handing over the RCB cap even before the auction happened. Zamps a very funny guy, thought it was hilarious and I sent it to Maxi as well.

"He's a good guy, we've caught up in the past as well when I was in Australia on a tour. He's just very happy to be in RCB and I see a different energy about him this time," Kohli told RCB's Danish Sait.

Kohli went on to add that he doesn't want anyone in his squad to feel as though he is the focal point in the team so that it doesn't put undue pressure on the player.

"I don't think as much as you guys, I mean you as in within your team, want to be the match-winner. You don't want to be the centre of attention all the time and I think that's something that happened with Maxwell. There's too much focus and attention on you.

"We have decided to pick him, he's not demanding to go to any team. When you decide to pick a player its very important to manage the player as well. And I think having guys like Maxi, Dan Christian, Kyle Jamieson... lot of experience that we've added in the team this time.

"We have a squad where we don't want anyone to be the focal point of the team, we want a strong squad all over that can feed off each other and have a great balance and move forward in one direction. And that has to be the communication within our group as well. No one is going to be put in with the most amount of load and the others just do auxiliary work. Everyone has to pull together so the weight is spread evenly and then all the situations can be tackled accordingly," Kohli said.

IPL 2021 gets underway with five-time champions and holders Mumbai Indians taking on Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on April 9.