Pat Cummins in Awe of Glenn Maxwell's Unbelievable Record-Breaking Knock
Australia's captain, Pat Cummins, found himself at a loss for words after witnessing Glenn Maxwell's historic performance against Afghanistan at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. Despite Australia's early struggles at 91/7, they successfully chased down a target of 292, with Maxwell single-handedly dismantling Afghanistan's bowling attack with his unbeaten 201-run innings.
Cummins, who played a supporting role with just 12 runs off 68 balls during the unbroken 202-run partnership for the eighth wicket, was in awe of Maxwell's extraordinary display. In the post-match presentation, Cummins expressed, "I mean, just ridiculous. I don't know how you describe this. It's a great win, but Maxy was out of this world. It's got to be the greatest ODI innings that's ever happened. We were just chatting, and I think it's just one of those days where you go, 'Yep, when that happened, I was here at the stadium. And we feel very lucky to be here.'"
Glenn Maxwell's incredible knock saw him battling cramps and a troublesome back, but he didn't back down. He hammered 21 fours and 10 colossal sixes, and at one point, it seemed like he might have to leave the field, with the next batter, Adam Zampa, preparing to come in. However, Maxwell persevered, opting to continue his historic innings.
Cummins commented, "You let Maxy actually do his thing. I mean, how am I gonna say anything to someone who's playing like that? He was great. He was calm. Whenever you're chasing, he's always got a plan. Even from 200 runs behind, he still mapped out a way for me to win the game, and it was truly special. Zamps [Zampa] was ready to come in and out a few times, but Maxy wanted to stay out there."
With this victory, Australia secured their spot in the semifinals. Cummins emphasized the importance of their belief in winning from any situation, stating, "I think it was important, not only for our team's belief that you can win from anywhere, but I think the opposition looks at that as well. When you plan your 50 overs with that in mind, you may use your bowlers differently. It's a real belief in the side, and now we're into the semifinals. It's fantastic," added the Australian captain.