New Delhi: Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says he wants to be a positive influence on his new franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
"I probably don't set targets. I just want to have a positive influence on the group, whether it be [through] my performance, or attitude or the way I even help with the fielding practice -- if I see improvement in the whole squad, the whole team as a collective, over the tournament," Maxwell said on the Royal Challengers Bangalore's YouTube channel.
"Obviously, we want to win the tournament, but I want to make sure that everything I do during this time has a positive influence on the group.
"So, I am not overly concerned. I think my performances will take care of themselves. I want to have a positive influence on everything I do, as far as attitude, helping out the team, leadership-wise helping out [skipper] Virat [Kohli] when he needs it, and off the field, at training, and making sure the young guys are still developing as well," he added.
RCB bought Maxwell for Rs 14.25 crore at the mini-auction ahead of this season. Last year, he couldn't perform well and was, therefore, released by Punjab Kings.
“Not really [surprised], I thought there might be a little bit of interest. I think a lot of teams want that middle-order player, I knew there were a couple of teams who were looking for a middle-order player who can bowl off-spin as well. I am just glad two teams went hard for me and in the end, RCB got hold of me,” Maxwell said in a video interview shared by RCB.
"And with my experience -- I think it's my 22nd trip to India -- you've got to be able to sort of help out the rest of the group. A guy like Kyle Jamieson - this is his first trip to India - so we're on different ends of the spectrum a little bit there. So for me to sort of pass on my previous experiences, and help him sort of fit in here trying different foods, making sure that I'm taking care of him that way as well. And it's up to the experienced guys in the squad to help," he added.
"The emphasis normally is on AB and Kohli, and Maxwell in a way can fly under the radar," Vettori told ESPNcricinfo. "Hopefully that lack of pressure will allow him to have an IPL that everyone expects him to most years."