Rashid Khan Talks About Glenn Maxwell’s Innings Against Afghanistan at The 2023 World Cup- “when I think about that game, my body just changes”

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Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell makes runs during the second Twenty20 international cricket match between India and Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on February 27, 2019. (Photo by Manjunath KIRAN / AFP) / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan recently opened up about the haunting memories of Glenn Maxwell’s extraordinary innings during the 2023 World Cup clash against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The 25-year-old spin-bowling all-rounder admitted that Maxwell’s performance still affects him physically and mentally.

The Unbelievable Knock

Afghanistan had set Australia a challenging target of 292 runs after Ibrahim Zadran’s century. With the Afghan bowlers reducing the five-time champions to 91-7, victory seemed within grasp. However, Glenn Maxwell had other plans. Despite suffering from cramps, he unleashed an unbeaten 201 off just 128 balls, single-handedly steering Australia to an improbable win.

Rashid Khan’s Nightmares

In a recent interview with the International Cricket Council (ICC), Rashid Khan revealed, “At night, whenever I’m going to sleep, sometimes I do think about that game. It just comes to mind. Sometimes when I think about that game, my body just changes. That was an unbelievable knock, one of the best innings we have ever seen.”

Maxwell’s Luck

Maxwell’s innings wasn’t without its share of luck. He survived an overturned lbw decision against Noor Ahmad and a dropped catch by Mujeeb-ur-Rahman at short fine leg. Despite these close calls, Maxwell’s sheer brilliance left an indelible mark on the cricketing world.

Maxwell’s Redemption

As the T20 World Cup 2024 unfolds, Maxwell aims to replicate his heroics. Acknowledging his recent struggles, he emphasized playing to his strengths. “Sometimes your mind can start to play tricks on you,” Maxwell said. “But at this stage of the tournament, I’ve just gone back to what I do really well. And hopefully that holds me in good stead.”

Australia secured a 28-run victory against Bangladesh in their first Super 8 fixture, while Afghanistan faced a 47-run defeat against India.

In the annals of cricket history, Glenn Maxwell’s unforgettable innings against Afghanistan will forever be etched as a testament to his resilience and audacity.

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