Star Australian batter Glenn Maxwell shared that he grew numb after his swashbuckling knock which single-handedly helped his side beat Afghanistan in the 2023 World Cup. The veteran also said that recovery will be critical, given the strain his hamstring and calf have gone through as well. However, the veteran batter walked into bat in the 9th over of the innings when Australia were struggling at 49-4, chasing 292. The five-time World Champions soon slipped to 91-7 as well. The match seemed to be on Afghanistan’s side but Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 201 as Australia registered a three-wicket win from that stage.
Speaking after the match, he said that it felt like he and Pat Cummins were having fun on the field as well. He said, as quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald: “It’s pretty cool. It’s so fresh at the moment. I’m a bit numb to it. It was great. It was great fun. It just felt like it was me and Patty (Cummins) just having fun out there. I’ll probably reflect a little bit more over the next few days and hopefully, recover and get some movement back in my hamstrings and calves, but it’s a bit sore at the moment.”
Glenn Maxwell reached his century off just 76 deliveries and the double-hundred off just 128 balls. On the other end, Cummins remained unbeaten at 12 off 68 deliveries, with the partnership unbroken at a staggering 202 as well. Meanwhile, Australia captain Pat Cummins added that their physio Ben Jones had advised Glenn Maxwell to continue despite understanding that he is going through pain.
“We were just chatting about it, all the players, and we’ve decided it’s one of those days where you just go, ‘I was there in the stadium the day Glenn Maxwell chased down that total by himself’. He literally couldn’t move, then the physio (Ben Jones) was out there obviously and he kind of convinced Maxie that if he came off, he might be worse off. ‘Try and hang out there, stand up, and that’s probably your best bet. Because once you go off with that much cramp, there’s no guarantee you’re going to get back out there,'” he stated.