Glenn Maxwell may have not been able to hit a single six during the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League but, boy oh boy, hasn’t he more than made it up in the ongoing One-day International series against the Men in Blue?
After having tonked the Indian bowling attack to all corners of the Sydney Cricket Ground courtesy a 19-ball 45 and an unbeaten 38-ball 59, Maxwell was at again at the Manuka Oval in Canberra during Australia’s run-chase of 303.
One of the standout features of Glenn Maxwell’s belligerence in this series was the quality of his strokeplay. From switch-hits to reverse-paddle to disdainful sixes over midwicket while being on the backfoot, Maxi looked imperious.
Glenn Maxwell in the ODI series:
– 167 runs.
– 83.50 average.
– 2 fifty.
– 194.18 strike rate.
– 12 fours.
– 11 sixes.
Unbelievable series for Maxwell.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 2, 2020
And, we once again got to see the hilt in the third ODI at Canberra. Apart from the incredulous switch-hit that he stroked off Kuldeep Yadav, another standout shot of his innings was the six off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja, where he just rocked back on his backfoot to nail a 108-meter maximum over deep midwicket.
Watch the video here:
Lost ball! 6️⃣6️⃣
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 2, 2020
With Australia having lost six wickets, it was all down to Glenn Maxwell to lead his team to victory. And, when he stroked T Natarajan for a six and a four to bring up his second consecutive half-century in the 44th over, it looked like the ‘Big Show’ would once prove to be a thorn in India’s flesh.
But Jasprit Bumrah’s brilliant pin-point yorker ensured that it wasn’t the case as Maxwell was castled for a 38-ball 59. It eventually proved to be a death knell as Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan claimed three more wickets in the next few overs to seal the deal for the Men in Blue.