Glenn Maxwell’s Monumental 201* Innings
Glenn Maxwell’s stunning innings of 201* during the 39th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 against Afghanistan will be etched in the annals of cricket history as one of the all-time great One Day International (ODI) performances. This extraordinary display of batting prowess not only secured Australia’s victory but also a place in the World Cup semi-finals.
In a match where Afghanistan’s Ibrahim Zadran became the first-ever centurion for his country in World Cups, the Afghan team posed a challenging target of 292 for Australia to chase. However, it looked like an uphill battle for the Aussies as they found themselves at 91 for 7. Maxwell, coming in to bat in the ninth over, was instrumental in mounting a miraculous comeback.
Maxwell’s innings was filled with incredible boundaries – 21 fours and 10 sixes. He showcased his remarkable adaptability by shifting from hitting boundaries with swift footwork to battling severe leg cramps. At one point, it seemed like Maxwell’s legs had given up on him, but he pushed through the pain and soldiered on.
He formed an unbeaten 202-run partnership with his captain Pat Cummins, who provided solid support while contributing only 12 runs off 68 balls. Maxwell’s double century, scored in just 128 balls, was not only the highest-ever score by a batter at No. 6 or lower in ODIs but also the first double-hundred by an Australian in ODI cricket and the third double-ton in World Cup history.
His innings was a masterclass in controlled aggression, and he demonstrated a wide array of shots, including the reverse-sweep and other innovative trick shots. He achieved his first century off 76 balls and then remarkably reached his second hundred in just 52 balls.
Maxwell’s exceptional innings not only defied the odds but also rewrote the record books. It was a testament to his skill, determination, and resilience, making it one of the most memorable moments in World Cup history. His partnership with Cummins propelled Australia to victory and secured their spot in the semi-finals, alongside India and South Africa.
Glenn Maxwell’s remarkable performance will be celebrated and remembered by cricket fans for years to come, and it solidified his reputation as one of the most dynamic and impactful players in the modern era of ODI cricket. Here are some of the Twitter reactions for the monstrous knock:
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