Glenn Maxwell’s extraordinary display of resilience and determination in a World Cup match against Afghanistan in Mumbai will go down as one of the most legendary innings in cricket history. Despite battling intense pain and severe cramps, Maxwell played a pivotal role in what can only be described as the “mother of all heists.”
Maxwell’s herculean effort saw him score an unbeaten 201 runs from 128 balls, a monumental achievement under the circumstances. His partnership with the Australian captain, Pat Cummins, reached a historic milestone as they put on an incredible 202-run stand for the eighth wicket, the largest in the history of One Day International (ODI) cricket.
Here are some Twitter Reactions after Glenn Maxwell’s innings:
Whole World was shocked by this type of Innings Played by Glenn Maxwell.— Kohlified 🗿 (@ShreeGZunjarrao) November 7, 2023
The Big Show Maxi Storm 🥶#Maxwell#GlennMaxwell #GlenMaxwell#AUSvsAFG #AFGvsAUS #maxwel #MaxwellMagic #ICCCricketWorldCup #ICCCricketWorldCup23 pic.twitter.com/cR6mvF4t1q
Beautiful lines by #Starcast members JatinSapru, SanjayBangar MohammadKaif on GlennMaxwell's record-breaking 201* ridiculous knock.— anurag (@Anurag_twees) November 8, 2023
#Maxwell #GlenMaxwell #AUSvsAFG #RashidKhan#AUSvAFG #Cricket #WorldCupOnStarpic.twitter.com/BgcBs6vf45
Unbelievable 😐— Creative Eye (@CaptainMashrafe) November 8, 2023
One man with no “foot” stood tall tonight against the dark horse Afghanistan.
That’s SuperMax for you 🔥@Glennmaxwell#GlennMaxwell #GlenMaxwell #MaxwellMagic #Maxwell #AUSvsAFG #GOAT𓃵 #CWC23 #CWC2023INDIA pic.twitter.com/xUo25ZYcfC
Their remarkable partnership lifted Australia from a seemingly dire situation. Initially, the Australian team struggled in their pursuit of 292 runs for victory, with the Afghan bowlers wreaking havoc and reducing them to a precarious 7-91. At this point, it appeared that all hope was lost, except for the indomitable Maxwell, who was the lone savior.
Maxwell’s heroics extended beyond just hitting boundaries. He exhibited remarkable courage, even after reaching his century in just 76 balls, and then endured a series of debilitating cramps. These cramps seemed to amplify his threat to the Afghan side, which had been on the verge of securing their first-ever victory over Australia.
Remarkably, Maxwell received medical treatment at the end of most overs after reaching the century mark. At one point, he collapsed on the ground, raising concerns about his ability to continue. The next batsman in line, Adam Zampa, was waiting on the outfield, ready to replace Maxwell. However, Maxwell continued to stand and deliver, pushing through the excruciating pain to guide his team to a remarkable victory with 19 balls to spare.
Maxwell’s innings could have taken a different turn had Afghanistan not missed two crucial chances to dismiss him when he was on 24 and 33 runs. Additionally, an lbw review did not go in their favor during this critical phase of the match.
The consequences of this dramatic turnaround are significant for the tournament. Australia’s victory secured their place in the semi-finals, leaving New Zealand and Pakistan as the main contenders for the last spot in the finals.
As for Afghanistan, their bowlers had shown exceptional promise before Maxwell’s heroic performance, and their chances of defeating Australia in any format seemed certain. However, they now face an uphill battle to make it to the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time.
The match had its share of drama, with Afghanistan’s bowlers initially dominating and reducing Australia to a vulnerable position. Nevertheless, Maxwell’s outstanding effort changed the course of the game, turning what seemed like an impossible victory into reality.
This match will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most remarkable comebacks in cricket history, thanks to Glenn Maxwell’s extraordinary innings that defied pain and adversity.