In a thrilling showdown during the 24th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 between Australia and the Netherlands at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, India, the star Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell etched his name in cricket history; his ferocious display of batting antiques left the Dutch bowlers in awe, and in the annals of the World Cup, he achieved an unprecedented feat by recording the fastest century ever.
Record Breaking Explosive Century by Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell’s entry into the game was nothing short of explosive; he strode to the crease when Australia’s score was 266-4 after 38 overs following the dismissal of Josh Inglis. A batting masterclass followed; Maxwell displayed unparalleled aggression, relentlessly taking on the Dutch bowlers. In a mere 40 balls, he reached the coveted century mark, amassing a remarkable total of 106 runs. His incredible knock included a staggering 17 boundaries, featuring nine fours and eight towering sixes.
Rewriting the Record Books
Maxwell’s astonishing feat shattered the previous record for the fastest century in World Cup history, which was held by South African batsman Aiden Markram, achieved in 49 balls during the same event at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Maxwell’s performance wasn’t a lone act; David Warner contributed a remarkable 22nd century, scoring 104 runs, while Steven Smith added 71 runs before they were both dismissed. Maxwell’s explosive innings propelled Australia to a colossal total of 399-8 runs in a remarkable team effort.
On the other side of the pitch, Dutch medium-pace bowler Bas de Leede faced a formidable challenge in the form of Glenn Maxwell’s onslaught. De Leede’s figures of 115 runs conceded in 10 overs while taking 2 wickets were less than ideal, and this performance surpassed records previously held by Mick Lewis and Adam Zampa, further highlighting the extraordinary nature of Maxwell’s batting display.