There’s not many Australian T20 records Glenn Maxwell doesn’t hold and Matthew Wade, the man who dubbed his former Victorian teammate the “Big Show”, labelled him one of the best players ever following a record-equalling fourth century.
It was yet another Maxwell matchwinning innings, a parting gift amid an incomparable tour of India and came despite his mind and body being “ready to go home” after amassing more records during the ODI World Cup.
Maxwell, who was playing in his 100th T20 for Australia, didn’t just make another T20 hundred, his fourth, the equal most in the international game, he blasted it in a style few can match.
He sent the final three four balls of Australia’s run chase in Guwahati, needing 22 off the final over to win, over the boundary, starting with a six off Indian seamer Prasidh Krishna, followed by three fours.
The third one brought up his hundred, off the 47th ball he faced, joining former captain, and good mate, Aaron Finch and Josh Inglis with the fastest-ever centuries for Australia in T20 cricket. Maxwell also has the second-fastest 50, off 18 balls, a feat he has achieved twice.
The third four took Australia past Indian’s total of 222. Australia needed two runs off the final ball to win, but Maxwell hit it for four, one of eight he hit in his innings, to go with eight sixes.
Maxwell, who cramped so badly as he swatted Australia’s first ODI double hundred during the World Cup his whole body was contorting like he was fitting, battled the same issue again.
But Wade said it was the innings of a man who knew rest was just around the corner.
“Maxy has had a lot of cricket over the last bit and his body is ready to go home … he needs some rest,” said Wade, who was up the other end when Maxwell hit the winnings runs.
“It’s mentally more, and a little bit physically. He’s come back from quite a bad injury and 50-over cricket takes it out of you.
“A performance like that may not happen if he didn’t know he was getting the opportunity to go home and rest. I’m really happy for him, his 100th game, he found a way to bring his best and we’re happy he can go home with his family and rest, as we have a lot of cricket coming up.
“It was a really special moment for him, he’s one of our best players who has ever played and I’m sure he wanted to make it a winning one and he did it himself.”
Maxwell boarded a plane for home with a World Cup medal in his luggage, having posted 400 World Cup runs, including two centuries, one of which being the unforgettable 201 not out that saved Australia against Afghanistan and propelled them to a sixth title.
He now boasts the highest Australian ODI score, the second-highest T20 score, behind only Finch’s unfathomable 172 against Zimbabwe, the second most amount of sixes and the most runs for Australia batting at number four and five.
He has the highest career strike rate of any batter, across his 100 games too, and will soon pass Finch’s record for the most games, which is 103.
Add to that his record for Australia’s fastest ODI century, off just 51 balls, the equal-fastest ODI 50, off just 18 balls, and Maxwell’s place in Australian cricket folklore remains assured.