Cricket News: Twitter reactions to Glenn Maxwell’s unbelievable 201* against Afghanistan | Glenn Maxwell smashes incredible innings against Afghanistan
“I wonder what Mujeeb must be thinking,” said Ricky Ponting on commentary with Glenn Maxwell batting on 175*. Mujeeb dropped Maxwell when the latter was on 33, but even then, no one could have possibly imagined what would happen next.
With Australia reeling and all but gone at 91/7 chasing 292, Maxwell went into ballistic mode, producing arguably the greatest innings in One Day International history to guide Australia home to a three-wicket win. He and Pat Cummins finished with an unbeaten 202-run stand, with the captain contributing just 12. Quite extraordinary.
Not only did Maxwell smash the first-ever double century by an Australian in ODIs, he is the first male player from any country to achieve a double ton when chasing. And he did it battling severe cramps. Soon after reaching his century, Maxwell was barely able to walk, bringing doubt as to whether he could go on and do the unthinkable.
The unthinkable he did. It seemed like Maxwell’s feet were stuck in concrete, yet he was still able to smash fours and sixes using his arms, wrist and core to bring Australia closer. In the end, Maxwell hammered 21 fours and ten sixes in an innings no one who witnessed it will ever forget.
Credit also goes to Pat Cummins. The captain batted 50+ balls in an innings for the first time in ODIs, holding firm at one end. He and the Australian team, as well as the spectators, commentators and viewers, were in disbelief as Australia sealed their semi-final qualification in the most remarkable of circumstances.
Reactions to extraordinary Glenn Maxwell 201* against Afghanistan
Twitter went into overdrive. Many believe it’s the greatest ODI innings of all time. An unbelievable effort indeed.
“From Max pressure to Max performance! This has been the best ODI knock I’ve seen in my life,” tweeted the great Sachin Tendulkar.
“That’s the best ODI innings I’ve ever seen. Staggering, staggering batting. Double tons are normally a crowning of an ODI career, an individual achievement that stands aside from the game – that was a team knock. A double ton in a second innings is a mad, mad thing. What a man,” another fan said.
Here are some of the reactions to an incredible innings.