It is very rare that a peach of a delivery by a superstar is overshadowed by a reaction by a different cricketer. Gujarat Titans (GT) all-rounder, Rashid Khan bamboozled Glenn Maxwell to clean up the Aussie but it was Hardik Pandya’s reaction that grabbed a lot of limelight from the fans.
Halfway through the innings, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) reached a score of 93/3 while batting first in the game against Gujarat Titans. RCB had got to a solid start while batting first but they lost three wickets after the powerplay including a crucial wicket of Glenn Maxwell as Rashid Khan cleaned him up.
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While the significance of the wicket was immense for GT, the reaction from Hardik Pandya was the real star of the show. Rashid came to bowl the ninth over and the Australian all-rounder was facing the second delivery of the over. The batter was high on confidence as he had smacked Noor Ahmed for a six and a four in the previous over.
Glenn Maxwell decided to continue his carnage against Noor’s compatriot after shifting his weight on the back foot and attempting a hoick over the legside.
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However, the batter failed to reach the line of the ball completely swinging his bat across the line and the delivery struck the timber. As Rashid ran over to complete his famous celebration, the camera panned to Hardik Pandya who stood there with a huge smile on his face, applauding his star’s brilliance.
Here is the video of the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell:
— Spider Rashid (@RashidSpider) May 21, 2023
The Twitterati also made note of the incident and not only did they praise the bowler, they had some select words for Maxwell as well.
Wtf was maxwell doing there ?? You can't hit every single ball for a boundary #RCBvGT pic.twitter.com/3JVkEyfuu2
— Akshat (@AkshatOM10) May 21, 2023
Glenn Maxwell fails when it matters the most
— Paridhi Srivastava 7🏏⚽ (@BeingKohlicious) May 21, 2023
Rashid Khan gets the Huge huge Wicket of Glenn Maxwell.#RCBvGT #IPL2O23 pic.twitter.com/47M9pSAgXk
— Over Thinker Lawyer 🇵🇰 (RCB ♥️) (@Mujha_q_Nakala) May 21, 2023
Rashid Khan gets the big wicket of Glenn Maxwell
— cric_mawa (@cric_mawa_twts) May 21, 2023
SO PREDICTABLE GLENN MAXWELL. FEARED THE WORST AND IT HAS HAPPENED https://t.co/W1OYpzzVJX
— Parth (@TheSoulSpartan) May 21, 2023