Australia’s great middle-order batsman, Glenn Maxwell, has taken the World Cup by storm. He scored the fastest hundred in ODIs – off just 40 balls – against the Netherlands, and on Tuesday, despite struggling with a hamstring injury, smashed an unbeaten 201 to pull Australia off the hook win against Afghanistan at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Maxwell’s incredible knock has won the hearts of netizens with many claiming that his 128-ball knock is now the best ODI knock ever as it helped Australia reach a 292-run target after being bowled out at 91-7 .
In the process, Maxwell created and broke several records in men’s ODIs. The right-hander became the first Aussie batsman to score a double century with the previous high being 185 not out by Shane Watson during the 2011 World Cup against Bangladesh in Mirpur. Otherwise, he is the only batsman to score a double ton while chasing. His double century is extra special as the 10 he has previously scored by opening batsmen, and Maxwell came into bat at No. The then Indian skipper hit an unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup. Maxwell’s 128-ball innings is also the fastest double century in the World Cup.
Maxwell shared an unbeaten 202-run stand with skipper Pat Cummins, which is now the highest partnership for the seventh wicket or lower. From 202, Maxwell contributed 179 runs, ie 88.61 per cent, which is the highest number for a batsman in a 100-plus stand.
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