Glenn Maxwell lit the Wankhede Stadium on fire with probably the best World Cup innings of all time. He struck an amazing 201* in 128 balls with 21 fours and 10 sixes in the CWC 2023 match between Australia and Afghanistan.
Australia was set a stiff target of 292 runs by Afghanistan, who had batted first after winning the toss. Ibrahim Zadran smashed the first-ever World Cup century by an Afghan batter scoring 129*.
And then the Afghanistan bowlers reduced Australia to 91/7 in the 19th over. Only Glenn Maxwell remained as the pure batter and he was joined by Pat Cummins as many felt Afghanistan would cause a huge upset.
But Cummins anchored one end scoring 12* in 68 balls, but it was Maxwell who first consolidated the innings and then battled cramps and back spasms, taking Australia to an impossible win. Maxwell remained unbeaten as he struck 3 sixes and a four to take Australia to a win and also completed his double century.
Australia won by 3 wickets and booked their spot in the CWC 2023 semi-finals as well.
Here are some of the major records that Glenn Maxwell created during his epic knock:
201*- Glenn Maxwell became the first Australian batter to score an ODI double ton. He went past Shane Watson’s score of 185* which came against Bangladesh.
1- Glenn Maxwell also became the first non-opener to score a double ton in ODIs and his 201* is the highest score in a chase in ODIs, bettering Fakhar Zaman’s 193 against South Africa.
128 balls- Glenn Maxwell hit the second fastest double century in ODIs. Ishan Kishan of India holds the record for the fastest 200 in ODIs, in 126 balls against Bangladesh.
3- Glenn Maxwell’s 201* was the third double-century in ODIs after Chris Gayle’s 215 and Martin Guptill’s 237*.
202*- Partnership between Maxwell and Pat Cummins, the highest for the seventh wicket or lower in men's ODIs.
43- No. of sixes hit by Maxwell in World Cups is the third-highest count for any batter, only behind Chris Gayle (49) and Rohit Sharma (45).
31- No. of boundaries by Glenn Maxwell (21 fours and 10 sixes) is the highest boundary count in an ODI innings for Australia, bettering Shane Watson's 30 (15 fours and as many sixes) against Bangladesh.
10- No. of sixes hit by Maxwell is also the highest for Australia in a World Cup innings, one better than nine each struck by David Warner and Mitchell Marsh.