Glenn Maxwell repeated Kapil’s rare innings after 40 years.

Glenn Maxwell batting fireworks at Wankhede on Tuesday saw Australia avoid certain defeat and leap directly into the semi-finals. The journey from 91/7 to 293/7 was as challenging as it was exciting. Maxwell’s innings (201, 128 balls, 21 fours, 10 sixes) is reminiscent of Kapil Dev’s (175, 138 balls, 16 fours, 6 sixes) century under 40 years.

The way Kapil rescued a sinking India and set a new World Cup record in the 1983 edition of the World Cup played at Tunbridge Wells, England, is still fresh in the minds of fans. The excitement that was seen in the audience during Kapil’s batting was seen 40 years later during Glenn Maxwell batting.

Against Zimbabwe, India were struggling at 17/5. Similarly, against Afghanistan on Tuesday night, Australia also stumbled repeatedly at 91/7. The similarities between the two periods are not limited to this. While Kapil was batting, second-stringer Pier Mansingh did not even allow Srikanth to retire, who was out. Those who were there were given strict instructions to remain in the same place.

Such superstition in cricket was also seen in Tuesday’s match. The Australian players did not move from their seats in the dressing room while Maxwell was batting. Everyone was in disbelief until Mujeeb ur Rehman was bowled by Maxwell to win the team.

Glenn Maxwell repeated Kapil's rare innings after 40 years.
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According to Josh Hazlewood, George Bailly and Adam Zampa looked very nervous as they sat next to them. But all were left permanently in place. No one wanted to change their place. Maxwell suffered from muscle problems but all the players encouraged him to continue playing. Maxwell’s innings can be considered the best in the history of one-day cricket.

He said that he had not seen such a game in the recent past. We are very happy to have Maxwell playing in our team. He can bat at 360 degrees. Hazlewood, who even seems to be watching players like Suryakumar Jacob and Jos Buttler, play.