Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar applauded Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell after his stunning 106 off 44 deliveries against the Netherlands in Delhi on October 25. And, Maxwell became the fastest World Cup centurion, reaching the feat off a mere 40 deliveries. He also broke the record for the fastest ton by an Aussie batter in ODIs. Maxwell’s heroics took Australia to a massive 399/8 in 50 overs.
Speaking to Star Sports, Gavaskar said, “This one (Reverse hit) has got to be one of the greatest cricketing shots. It’s gone for a six. It should be a 12. The bowling after that got a bit rattled because they just didn’t know where to bowl. It was an incredible effort.”He had an average of 12, to score the runs that he did and at the rate at which he did. It was amazing. I took 40 balls to get off the mark. He has scored a hundred in 40 balls, amazing, amazing.”
Sunil Gavaskar was among one of the most accomplished Test batters during his time. He is also remembered for his 174-ball 36 against England in the 1975 World Cup as well. Glenn Maxwell’s former Australian teammate Shane Watson also lauded his ability to play straight and in control before smashing all over the park.
“Just about everything (Was special),” Watson remarked. “To be able to see the way he started off today after a disappointing knock against Pakistan. He learned from that, trying to launch the first ball into the stands.”He was in control from Ball 1. And then once he put the foot down, like we have seen many times in his career, it’s absolute madness, an absolute six fest.”