“Horrible, I feel shocking. It was quite hot when we were pitching, I haven’t done a lot of high intensity exercise in the heat. It affected me today, I was lucky to hold off until the end..”
– Glenn Maxwell after his epic 201 not out led Australia to victory over Afghanistan and into the semi-finals.
“It would be nice if it was chanceless, I live a very charred life out there.”
— Maxwell on being admitted into his bowels.
“Everyone wrote us off after two losses, we’ve now won six in a row and I hope the belief goes around our dressing rooms.”– Maxwell on reaching the semi-finals.” A great win but Maxi was just out of sorts. on this world. It has to be the greatest ODI innings ever.”
— Australian skipper Pat Cummins.
“Just ridiculous. I don’t know how you describe that.”
– Cummins searching for words to describe Maxwell’s guts.
“I couldn’t strike! I let Maxi do his thing, how can I say anything to someone who sticks like that?”
– Cummins on his supporting role. He was not 12 out but played his part by standing firm in an unbroken eighth wicket stand of 202.
“Disappointed. Cricket is a funny game, it was unbelievable.”
– Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi.
“This is the greatest ODI innings ever. It could be the greatest innings of any kind ever.”
— Former England captain Michael Vaughan on the BBC.
“Glenn Maxwell reminded us tonight of the intrinsic beauty, unpredictability and exciting drama of this great game. Thank you.”
– Former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop on X, formerly known as Twitter
“One of the greatest innings of the world cup so far … Unbelievable Batting @ Gmaxi_32 you beauty what a way to finish a game with a win and a double. A perfect display of batting.”
– Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal on X
“That was their political decision, we can’t say anything about that. But if we had won this game, it would have been a slap in the face for them, but it wasn’t our fate. Otherwise, it was we want to celebrate it a lot.
– Afghan fan Mohammad Asif, 39, watching the game on TV in a restaurant in Kabul. Earlier this year, Australia boycotted a series against Afghanistan to protest, they claimed, the Taliban’s treatment of women.
“Even if they lose all the matches, it’s fine. But it made us happy when they won the match against Pakistan. When they won against Pakistan, it was like we were taking a Cup the World home, I’m so happy about it.”
— Another fan, Farhad Esakhil, 26, in Kabul.
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