The flamboyant Australian all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell had shocked the cricketing world when he announced that he was taking time away from the game after “experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health”. It was not known if one of the world’s best T20 batsman will ever return. But he did and how.
A couple of months after battling mental health issues, Maxwell once again showcased his brilliant batting talent in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL). The 31-year-old, who is leading the Melbourne Stars, is currently the sixth-highest run-scorer in the last season of the BBL but on Saturday things didn’t as planned for the all-rounder.
The Australian all-rounder came into bat with his team was in all sorts of trouble at 81 for four. Maxwell and opener Hilton Cartwright stitched a 50-run partnership for the fifth wicket but in a bid to up the scoring rate for the Melbourne Stars, Maxwell perished.
Maxwell, who is known for hitting some outlandish shots, tried a bizarre scoop, ramp shot but it ended in complete disaster. The right-hander got into a tangle and ended up getting an edge and giving a simple catch to the wicketkeeper.
Watch Glenn Maxwell’s unusual dismissal here:
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In nine BBL matches this season, Maxwell has scored 316 runs at an average of 79. His strike-rate of 170.81 is the best among the top 15 batsmen in BBL 2019. Only three batsmen for the Melbourne Stars got into double figures with opener Cartwright remaining unbeaten on 58 off 56 balls.
Despite a poor batting overall display for the Melbourne Stars, the bowlers put their hand up and restricted the Perth Scorchers to 131 for nine in the chase. The 10-run win helped Melbourne Stars extend their lead at the top of the BBL table.
Melbourne Stars now have a handy seven points lead over second-placed Sydney Sixers, who have a game in hand.