Glenn Maxwell’s remarkable batting performance came to a thrilling conclusion during the last over of the match, with his score standing at 106 runs from a mere 44 balls. His explosive innings featured nine boundaries and eight maximums.
In a truly breathtaking display, Maxwell achieved his century with one of those eight colossal sixes, reaching this milestone in just 40 deliveries. This extraordinary feat set a new benchmark for the fastest hundred in the history of Men’s Cricket World Cup. In fact, Maxwell didn’t just break the previous record; he shattered it by outpacing the former record holder, Aiden Markram, who accomplished this feat against Sri Lanka earlier in the same tournament, by an astounding nine balls. Notably, Markram’s record-breaking century also took place in Delhi, breaking a record that had been standing since Kevin O’Brien’s 50-ball century against England in 2011.
Maxwell’s sensational performance goes down in history as the fastest century ever scored by an Australian male cricketer in One Day International (ODI) cricket. It ranks as the fourth fastest century of all time, with AB de Villiers’ record-setting 31-ball century against the West Indies in 2015 still holding the top spot.
The 35-year-old cricketer reached his half-century in just 27 deliveries and then accelerated in a spectacular manner, requiring only 13 more balls to reach the three-figure mark.
Netherlands bowler Bas de Leede endured the brunt of Maxwell’s relentless assault, conceding 115 runs in his ten overs, marking the most expensive bowling figures in the history of men’s ODI cricket.
The majority of Maxwell’s brilliant innings unfolded with captain Pat Cummins as his partner in the middle. The statistics of their partnership are nothing short of extraordinary. Together, they accumulated 103 runs from 44 balls. Cummins, facing just eight deliveries during this partnership, managed to score eight runs, while in the same timeframe, Maxwell thundered his way to 91 runs from 36 deliveries.
This magnificent effort from the number six batsman propelled Australia to a formidable total of 399/8.