On Sunday, star Australia batter Glenn Maxwell etched his name in T20I history with an extraordinary unbeaten innings of 120 against the West Indies at the Adelaide Oval. Maxwell's scintillating knock powered Australia to a formidable total of 241/4. It also matched the record set by India's Rohit Sharma for the most centuries in T20 internationals.
Maxwell's innings were characterised by relentless aggression, as he targeted every bowler and reached his half-century in just 25 balls. Despite early dismissals of key players like Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, and David Warner, Maxwell anchored the innings with sheer dominance. His partnership with Marcus Stoinis yielded 82 runs, with Maxwell doing the majority of the scoring.
The pivotal moment came when Maxwell, alongside Tim David, guided Australia to a commanding total. During this partnership, Maxwell reached his fifth T20I century, joining Rohit Sharma at the top of the all-time list. Notably, Maxwell now holds the record for the most unbeaten centuries in the format, with five to his name.
Glenn Maxwell surpasses Suryakumar Yadav’s record
In addition to his record-equalling century, Maxwell surpassed India's Suryakumar Yadav's record for the highest score by a No. 4 batter in T20Is. Maxwell's unbeaten 120 surpassed Yadav's previous record of 117 against England in 2022. Moreover, Maxwell's innings also set a new record for the highest individual score against the West Indies in T20Is, surpassing Faf du Plessis' previous mark of 119 in 2015.
Reflecting on his outstanding performance, Maxwell expressed his joy, especially with his parents witnessing the spectacle in the stands. Describing it as "good fun," Maxwell acknowledged the support of the Adelaide wicket and credited his reliance on hand speed for his success. With this iconic innings, Glenn Maxwell has left an indelible mark on T20I cricket, showcasing his unparalleled skill and dominance at the crease.