Glenn Maxwell: A beast in T20I chases
Glenn Maxwell has the second-highest strike rate in T20 Internationals and the highest among batsmen of the top 20 cricket playing nations.
Maxi made his T20I debut in 2012 and has already struck 1780 runs from 72 matches at an average of over 30 and a strike rate of 158.92 with three centuries and 9 half centuries. Maxwell has the best of 145 not out in the format and has clubbed 147 boundaries and 93 sixes in T20 Internationals.
It is his record in T20I run chases which is formidable. Maxwell has struck two centuries in T20I run chases, both unbeaten.
He made 130 not out against India in Bangalore in 2018-19. Chasing 191, Australia were wobbling a bit when they lost both Marcus Stoinis and Aaron Finch by the fourth over. D’Arcy Short then put his foot on the accelerator and smashed 40 off 28 balls at a strike rate of 142.85.
But it was Glenn Maxwell’s blitz which changed the game. Maxwell kept pounding one boundary after another and finally finished with an unbeaten 113 off 55 deliveries with 7 fours and 9 sixes, batting at a strike rate of well over 200.
Australia comfortably won the match by 7 wickets and even India’s 190 run total did not prove enough.
Another instance when Maxwell showed his class in a T20I chase was when he smashed 103 not out against England in 2017-18 in Hobart in a relatively low scoring match with England managing just 155 runs on the back of a half century from Dawid Malan.
Even before Maxwell got to hold the bat in his hand, he did his job with the ball. The offie was the highest wicket taker for Australia in the match with three wickets from just two overs, conceding runs at an economy rate of just 5.
The handy off spinner got the better of Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan and David Willey, thus denting England’s score.
He then wielded his willow and made an unbeaten 103 off 58 balls with 10 fours and 4 sixes at a strike rate of 177.58 as Australia chased down the total with 9 balls to spare and won by 5 wickets.
What adds to Maxwell’s aura is his unpredictability. As an opposition, you are never sure which side of the Million Dollar Baby you would see on a day, which makes him all the more dangerous.