What happened on November 7 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the most miraculous victory in the history of cricket, will forever be remembered by cricket fans. Despite a leg injury, Glenn Maxwell played the best innings of his career and made a record century partnership with captain Pat Cummins. As a result, Australia overcame tough conditions and beat Afghanistan by three wickets at the Wankhede Stadium. Maxwell became the first Australian player to score a double century in the ODI format. With that, Afghanistan’s dream of reaching the World Cup semi-finals has weakened a bit. Australia lost two consecutive matches in this World Cup, then bounced back to win.
Maxwell (201 off 128 balls) scored a double century while chasing Afghanistan’s target of 292 runs. He also achieved many interesting feats in this historic innings. Let’s know about them. His innings is also called the best innings in ODI cricket.
Glenn Maxwell’s score of 201 against Afghanistan. Thus, he became the first batsman to score a double century for Australia in an ODI match. Shane Watson’s 185 against Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2011 was the previous highest for Australia.
Maxwell became the first batsman to score a double century while chasing runs in an ODI match. The previous highest individual score while chasing runs in ODIs was Fakhar Zaman’s 193 against South Africa.
Maxwell is also the first player to score a double century in ODIs while batting at number 3 or below. Charles Coventry’s 194 against Bangladesh in 2009 was the previous highest ODI score by a non-opener.
He is the third batsman to score a double century in ODI World Cup. Before him, Chris Gayle (219 against Zimbabwe in 2015) and Martin Guptill (237 against West Indies in 2015) scored double centuries.
2020-run partnership between Maxwell and Pat Cummins. In this way, the record for the highest number of runs by a pair for the seventh wicket in ODIs was created. The previous highest partnership was 177 between Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid for the seventh wicket against New Zealand in Birmingham in 2015.
Maxwell scored a 128-ball double century, followed by Ishan Kishan’s 126-ball double century against Bangladesh in December last year.
Australia added 202 runs after the fall of its seventh wicket, the most by any team in an ODI innings. The previous highest score after the fall of the seventh wicket was 196 by Africa XI against Asia XI in 2007.
Australia won by chasing 292 runs against Afghanistan. This is their highest performance in ODI World Cup. Australia had earlier chased down 287 runs against New Zealand in the 1996 World Cup quarter-final in Chennai.
Maxwell scored 179 runs in an unbeaten 202-run partnership with Cummins for the eighth wicket. Cummins scored 12 runs off 68 balls, 11 of which came via extras. Maxwell’s 88.61% is the highest (as far as data is available) by any batsman in men’s ODIs over 100 years.
The difference between Maxwell’s score (201) and Australia’s second highest scorer in an innings (Mitchell Marsh’s 24) was 177 runs. Only twice has there been a big difference between the two highest scores in an ODI innings. Rohit Sharma’s difference in this respect is 198 runs, when he scored 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. Guptill’s 237 against the West Indies in 2015 saw a difference of 195 runs between Guptill and other batsmen.