Star Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell continued his streak that started during the ICC Cricket World Cup in India last year, which saw him not only clinch his sixth marquee cricket tournament with the team but also break or equal some big records. Maxwell, also known as 'The Big Show', scored his fifth T20I century in the second T20I against West Indies in Adelaide on Sunday, scoring 120* off 55 balls with the help of 12 fours and eight sixes. His runs came at a strike rate of 218.88.
In his last nine international innings, Maxwell has scored 106* off 44 balls against Netherlands, 41 against New Zealand, 201* against Afghanistan to set up a memorable win, 1 against South Africa in the Cricket World Cup semi-final, India's highest score in cricket. Scored 2* runs against. World Cup Final, 12 and 104* against India in T20Is and 10 and 120* against West Indies in T20Is.
In these nine innings, this all-rounder has scored 597 runs at an average of 119.40, which includes one double century and three centuries.
In this short era of cricket, there are some big records which have been destroyed by 'The Big Show' using his signature ramp, sweep, reverse sweep and slog.
During the World Cup, his century against the Netherlands in October came off just 40 balls, breaking South Africa's Aiden Markram's record (49 balls against Sri Lanka in the same tournament) for the fastest century in the tournament's rich history.
Maxwell's innings of 201* against Afghanistan is a story that cricket fans will pass on to the next generations with pride and inspiration in their eyes. Struggling at 91/7 in chase of 292 against a young, emerging team, Afghanistan, Maxwell produced a brilliant save from captain Pat Cummins. Suffering from cramps, back spasms and fatigue, Maxwell defied all pain and odds and without any footwork swung his bat like a sword and scored Australia's first double century with the help of 21 fours and 10 sixes in 128 balls. Make. It is also the highest score made during the run-chase that highlighted the gulf of championship titles and big match experience that separates Australia and Afghanistan.
Maxwell's 2* against India may not have added much to his statistics, but there is no doubt that he will remember those runs as he scored the winning runs for the Australian team on November 19 to defeat India in their own backyard. But won the sixth World Cup title. Packed Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Subsequently, in the T20I series played against India in India during November, Maxwell stole the show and the limelight from young Ruturaj Gaikwad, who scored his maiden T20I century. Maxwell's 104* off 48 balls (with the help of eight fours and eight sixes) helped India chase down the mammoth target of 223 runs. Maxwell completed his century in just 47 balls, which is jointly with Aaron Finch as the fastest T20I century by an Australian.
Now, this fifth T20I century against West Indies is equal to Indian captain Rohit Sharma's record for most T20I centuries. While Rohit took 151 games and 143 innings to reach five centuries, Maxwell took just 102 games and 94 innings.
Will record-breaking Maxwell continue his record-breaking streak and lead Australia to their second ICC T20 World Cup title in West Indies and USA? only time will tell.
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