Australia’s best-performing all-rounder Glenn Maxwell equals Rohit Sharma’s record in T20Is during the 3rd match of the T20 series between India and Australia. The all-rounder’s unbeaten knock of 104 runs from 48 balls( including 8 fours and 8 sixes), headed his team to successfully chase the target of 223 runs within 20 overs.
Earlier, Maxwell created a sensation by scoring a double century and single-handedly guided his team to a successful run chase against Afghanistan in the CWC 2023 tournament. Despite suffering from body cramps during that match, Glenn Maxwell was determined to take his team to the winning total and wasn’t accepted to be “retired hurt”. Maxwell’s maiden ODI Double Hundred on 7th November 2023, steered his team to qualify for the knockouts of the CWC 2023 tournament.
Exactly 20 days later, Glenn Maxwell created another sensation. The Australian all-rounder once again proved to the entire world that he is the chase master of limited-overs cricket. Maxwell’s blazing performance set his team alive in the 5-match T20I series by 2-1.
The match-winning century of Glenn Maxwell equals Rohit Sharma’s record in T20Is as well as creating a sensational landmark in the shorter formats of the game.
Maxwell equals Rohit Sharma’s record in T20Is: Sensational achievements of the Australian all-rounder
Here are the spectacular records Glenn Maxwell achieved against the hosts during the 3rd T20I match between India and Australia:
1. Joint most number of centuries in T20Is:
Earlier, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was the leading batsman by achieving 4 centuries in the T20 international. This includes his highest score of 118 runs
Glenn Maxwell equals Rohit Sharma’s record in T20Is by scoring his 4th century in this shorter format. Maxwell was able to achieve this feat instantly in just 92 innings.
Probably, Rohit Sharma might not continue playing for his team in the future T20I matches and tournaments. There are enhanced chances for Glenn Maxwell to surpass the Hitman’s records in the forthcoming matches.
2. Most T20I centuries in successful run chases:
Glenn Maxwell scored 3 out of 4 centuries in T20Is while chasing targets, which is the most by any batsman in this format.
3. Most Sixes by any Australian batsman against a particular opposition in T20Is:
Maxwell smashed a total of 8 sixes against India in the 3rd T20I match. With these power-hitting shots, Maxwell added a total of 37 sixes against India. The all-rounder surpassed the previous record of Aaron Finch’s 35 sixes in 20 innings against England.
Also, Maxwell crossed the West Indies cricketer Nicholas Pooran’s record of 35 sixes against India.
4. Fastest T20I century for Australia:
Maxwell scored the fastest T20I century for Australia within 47 balls against India. The all-rounder equaled the previous records of Josh Inglis and Aaron Finch’s fastest T20I century within 47 balls.
Earlier, Josh Inglis was able to achieve this feat during the 1st T20I match of this series. But his century went in vain after a 2-wicket defeat against India.
5. First Batsman to score a century in their 100th T20I match:
Interstingly, Maxwell played his 100th T20I match against India at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.
Maxwell becomes the first batsman to achieve a T20 international century in his 100th match in shorter formats of cricket.
The all-rounder made his 100th T20I match memorable and much more special. Especially, his 4th T20I century was achieved under crucial situations by playing a classic knock in one of the highest T20I chases.
The 35-year-old talented cricketer has scored 2275 runs in 100 matches. This includes 10 half-centuries and 4 centuries in T20Is with the highest individual score of 145 runs.
6. Second Most run-scoring batsman against India:
Glenn Maxwell after scoring an exceptional century, becomes the 2nd most run-scoring batsman against India in T20Is with an overall total of 554 runs. The all-rounder needs additional runs to lead the race and surpass the record of Nicholas Pooran’s 592 runs.
How Glenn Maxwell equals Rohit Sharma’s record in T20Is: Interesting reasons to know
Maxwell equals Rohit Sharma’s record in T20Is by smashing 3 fours and 1 six in the last over bowled by Axar Patel. The all-rounder achieved his 4th T20I century in the 2nd last ball of this over.
Initially, Matthew Wade was struggling to play big shots by scoring only 6 runs from 8 balls. Suryakumar Yadav’s dropped catch provided an additional lifeline for the Australian skipper to play fearless shots.
Surprisingly, Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade scored 45 runs in the last 2 overs to chase a massive target under immense pressure.
During the 19th over bowled by Axar Patel, Matthew Wade scored 10 runs from the first 3 balls by striking back-to-back boundaries and picking up doubles. Axar Patel’s no-ball made Matthew Wade utilize the opportunity of a free hit by smashing a six off the next ball. As a result, 22 runs were scored from this over.
Before the last over, Maxwell was at 86 runs from 44 deliveries. The all-rounder needed to score an additional 14 runs to reach his 4th T20I century.
However, Prasidh Krishna bowling the last over had to defend 21 runs with both batsmen completely set on crease. Matthew Wade attacked the first ball with a boundary. Later, the Australian skipper grabbed a single to ensure Maxwell’s strike for the remaining 4 balls.
As 16 runs were required from the last 4 balls, Maxwell punched a six and a hattrick of fours to finish the match in style.
Ultimately, Maxwell equals Rohit Sharma’s record in T20Is by achieving the joint most number of centuries in this format as well as guiding his team to the successful run chase.