Royal Challengers Bangalore’s all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell, regards his teammate and Indian batsman Virat Kohli as the GOAT (greatest of all time) of the Indian Premier League. During a Q&A session streamed on Jio Cinema, Maxwell identified Kohli as the IPL GOAT.
Kohli holds the record for the most runs in IPL history, scoring 6844 runs in 228 matches, with an average of 36.60. He boasts 47 fifties, five centuries, a strike rate of 129.67, and a highest score of 113. He is also the fourth-highest run-scorer in T20 cricket since his debut in 2007.
Kohli’s best IPL season occurred in 2016, when he set a record for the most runs by an individual in a single season. During that season, he amassed 973 runs at an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03, including four centuries and seven half-centuries.
Maxwell also shared his favorite IPL moment, which was when RCB qualified for the playoffs in 2022. He began his IPL journey with the Delhi Daredevils in 2012, but gained prominence in 2013 when the Mumbai Indians purchased him for a record-breaking Rs 6.3 crore. His most successful season was with Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2014, where he scored 552 runs in 16 matches, including four half-centuries, averaging 34.50 with a strike rate of 187.75. RCB acquired Maxwell in 2021, and he has since been a crucial batsman for the team.
Maxwell considers Shane Watson, currently the coach for Delhi Capitals, as the best all-rounder and the most underrated player in the IPL. When asked to choose between Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga, Maxwell favored Malinga as the superior bowler in the IPL, recalling Malinga’s impressive spell against Chris Gayle, where he defended 15 runs in the final over. If not for cricket, Maxwell believes he could have pursued a career in golf.
RCB next match is against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday April 23 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.