- Pat Cummins stuns cricket fans with cheeky sledge
- Skipper diminishes Glenn Maxwell’s innings
- Maxwell’s knock arguably best ever at a World Cup
Aussie captain Pat Cummins has sledged Glenn Maxwell with a cheeky remark after Australia’s ‘Big Show’ shattered records in one of the greatest innings ever played in a one-day international.
The amazing Maxwell, barely able to walk as he hobbled along with a back issue and terrible cramping in Mumbai, somehow still blitzed an unbetean 201 – effectively on one leg – to drag Australia from 7-91, past Afghanistan’s total of 5-291 by three wickets, and into the World Cup semis.
As Maxwell heaved Mujeeb ul Rahman into the stands to secure Australia’s victory, the entirety of the Wankhede rose in appreciation of a gladiatorial innings for the ages.
Cummins, however, decided to bring Maxwell back down to earth when he took to social media on Wednesday morning.
‘A lot of credit should go to Maxi, he played his role beautifully,’ wrote Cummins.
Maxwell smashed records in one of the greatest innings ever played in a one-day international
The Aussie skipper poured cold water on Maxwell’s historic knock on Wednesday
Australian cricket legend Merv Hughes was quick to remind fans that Cummins was joking
The tweet, which has been viewed more than a million times, had fans laughing.
One fan didn’t get the joke, replying: ‘Putting that in the captain obvious bucket Pat’.
Aussie cricketing legend Merv Hughes quickly set the fan straight, writing: ‘Here’s an idea James …. Grab a sense of humour!’
Cummins, who played an integral role at the other end of the wicket to allow Maxwell to score runs, claimed after the match that the allrounder may have produced the greatest One Day International innings ever.
‘I think that’s the greatest ODI innings,’ said Cummins.
‘It’s the best I’ve ever seen, probably the greatest ODI innings ever. We’re just chatting about it, all the players, and we’ve decided it’s one of those days where you just go ‘I was there in the stadium the day Glenn Maxwell chased down that total by himself’.
‘It’s just a one-man show. I’m up the other end and don’t see any gaps in the field, don’t see where I’m going to score a boundary – and yet it seems like every time he sees that, it still just runs away for four. It looks so easy.
‘He still can’t move, and yet still manages to hit a six over the third man with a reverse – he’s a freak.’
Cummins believes Maxwell’s knock might be the greatest World Cup innings of all time
The win on Tuesday night secured Australia’s place in the World Cup semi-finals
Maxwell finished the job with the winning six – his 10th of the innings to go with 21 fours – and like so many of the big hits, had to pull it off magically with minimal foot movement because his cramping was so debilitating.
‘Maxi was out of this world. I couldn’t even get on strike! You just let him do his thing when he’s doing that – how am I going to say anything to someone who’s like that?’ laughed Cummins.
‘Even from 200 behind, he was still mapping a way we could win the game. I was just trying to survive!’