And it becomes more special when it gets praised by none other than cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar that too twice in a span of 24 hours post Maxwell’s epic knock.
Maxwell defied all the odds, dealt with excruciating cramps and yet conjured a magical knock that too standing on one leg.
Master blaster Tendulkar took to social media platform ‘X’, formerly Twitter, and perfectly described the knock while connecting it with life saying what pulls you back is also what propels you forward.
“Life and cricket have many parallels. Sometimes, like a spring, what pulls you back is also what propels you forward.
“During yesterday’s game, @Gmaxi_32 ’s cramps constrained his footwork. He had to stay put at the crease, but that enabled him to have a steady head, watch the ball closely and let his hand-eye coordination do the work, backed by exceptional bat-speed.
Different formats of the game, and stages of the game require different footwork. And sometimes, no footwork becomes great footwork too,” Tendulkar’s post read.
Earlier on Tuesday, Tendulkar lauded Maxwell, soon after Australia’s stunning victory over Afghanistan, saying, “This has been the best ODI knock I’ve seen in my life.”
“A wonderful knock by @IZadran18 to put Afghanistan in a good position. They started well in the 2nd half and played good cricket for 70 overs but the last 25 overs from @Gmaxi_32 was more than enough to change their fortune.
“From Max pressure to Max performance! This has been the best ODI knock I’ve seen in my life,” Tendulkar posted on ‘X’.
Looking back, this incredible innings by Maxwell, taking place in such a crucial match, holds the promise of being hailed among the greatest in the history of ODI cricket.
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It stands as a beacon of hope for Australia in their pursuit of a sixth World Cup title, potentially igniting the spark needed to drive their campaign forward.