Cricket lovers worldwide witnessed one of the greatest ever ODI knocks as Glenn Maxwell lit up the Wankhede Stadium as he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for Australia in a World Cup 2023 clash against Afghanistan.
Chasing a strong total of 292-run target at the Wankhede Stadium, the Australian cricket team was reeling at 91/7 and had lost all of its top-order batters. However, Glenn Maxwell, stood tall against all odds as the wickets kept falling at the other end. Glenn Maxwell very cautiously initially, dealing with cramps, pain, and whatnot but soon he began on his blitzkrieg and blew the Afghan attack apart, smashing 21 fours and 10 sixes as he took Australia to a close win.
Glenn Maxwell played an innings of a lifetime, which will be remembered for ages. He scored an incredible unbeaten 201 as Australia defeated Afghanistan by 3 wickets to clinch a stunning win.
During his sensational knock, Maxwell broke several records, making his knock one of the most memorable knocks of this world cup and his career.
Check out the list of records, Maxi broke last night:
6. Most runs against spinners in an ODI innings:
Maxwell became the player with the most runs against spinners in an ODI innings. He scored 52 runs against the quicks and 149 runs off his willow came against spinners, which is now the most in an ODI innings.
5. Highest ODI score while batting at No. 6 or below:
His knock of 201* is now the highest individual score by any batter while batting at No. 6 or below in ODI cricket.
His batting heroics are being compared to Kapil Dev’s historical knock, where he hammered 175 runs against Zimbabwe at the 1983 World Cup. Kapil Dev’s knock is now second on the list.
4. Highest partnership for 7th wicket or lower in ODI history:
Maxwell and Cummins added 202* runs for the eighth wicket against Afghanistan.
3. Highest ODI score for Australia:
After playing a total of 994 ODIs, the Australian cricket team now finally has their first double centurion. Maxwell’s 201* is the now the highest individual score for the Australians in ODIs.
2. First ODI double century by a non-opener:
Maxwell became the first batter to smash a double century in the ODI format as a non-opener.
1. First ODI double century while chasing:
While every double century have come while batting first, Maxwell created history by smashing a double ODI century while chasing.
Meanwhile, following his exceptional double-century performance in the game, Maxwell revealed that despite being allowed to return to the pavilion, he battled with cramps and preferred to remain on the field to get his legs moving. He revealed:
During the post-match ceremony, Maxi was asked how he felt physically after the draining knock, he said:
“Terrific. I’m stoked,” He added: “Obviously, it was quite hot when we were fielding. I didn’t do much high-intensity training in the heat and it got to me. It was good to stick out till the end.”
“Not too much to be honest (plans at 49 for 4). Just stick to our batting plans. I was trying to be positive and take them on. If I had defended all the way, I would have lost my wicket. That lbw call as well and I decided to go after the bowling,”