Tendulkar, Ponting's company immensely helpful during stint with Mumbai Indians: Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell (above) said the time he spent with Sachin Tendulkar and Picky Ponting for Mumbai Indians was very enjoyable © IANS

Ranchi: Oct 21, 2013

Glenn Maxell said he has learnt a lot in the august company of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting as part of the Mumbai Indians franchise.

“We had Punter [Ponting], Sachin and a few of the legends of the game in our team. It was nice talking to them. I just soaked them up for everything they had. It was a very enjoyable time,” said Maxwell.

“A lot of guys go for big money in the Indian Premier League (IPL), it’s very lucrative… I wasn’t alone. There were a lot of other guys that went for similar amounts of money. I was in good company at the Mumbai Indians,” he added.

Maxwell was all praise for stand-in Australian captain George Bailey who is leading the side in place of an injured Michael Clarke in the One-Day International (ODI) series in India.

“George has obviously been an excellent captain for Tasmania back home and he’s done very well. He’s won tournaments for them and he’s brought that straight into Australia. He’s a very confident captain. He’s always very upbeat in the field. He’s good to talk to with the bowlers. He’s very calm.

“And especially when he’s making runs… He’s been such a consistent performer over the last 18 months. It’s great to have him doing well at the top and being one of our best performers, not just our captain.

“He’s been brilliant for the group and has really settled into Pup’s [Clarke’s] shoes really quickly. As much as we’re going to welcome Pup back it’s been great to have Bailey as captain for this series.”