The Aaron Finch-led Australian team registered an astonishing six-run victory over the proxy host Pakistan team in the fourth ODI at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. It was an absolutely incredible nail-biting encounter which went down towards the last over with the visitors picking up an emphatic win off just the last ball. Aussie batsman Glenn Maxwell was star performer in the game, scoring a blistering knock of 98 runs off just 82 balls. The swashbuckling batsman was also awarded the Man of the Match award for match-winning performance under pressure.
Maxwell also played a sensational knock of 71 runs off just 55 balls in the third ODI. He admitted that in both the games, he was under immense pressure as he was coming in after the fall of back-to-back wickets.
He has got the talent to do that
After looking at his recent phenomenal performances, Australian head coach Justin Langer reckons that Maxwell has the talent to become a player like India’s Virat Kohli. Maxwell has so far played 99 ODI in which he has scored 2,630 runs at an average of 32.88. He has racked up 18 half-centuries and one terrific century knock as well.
“The challenge for him [Maxwell] – and I’ve said this to him – is we’ve just seen Virat Kohli, who is an extraordinarily talented player. He averages 60 in ODI cricket. In 99 games, Maxi averages 32 or 33. He can be Virat Kohli. He has got the talent to do that. It’s obviously a massive challenge, isn’t it? His next challenge is to become a great ODI player and then potentially a Test player, so there’s huge upside,” quoted Justin Langer.
He is such an important part of our team
Langer further went on to mention that Maxwell plays an important role in the Australian team. The head coach praised the swashbuckling batsman for his energetic presence both in the field as well as while running between the wickets. “He’s such an important part of our team. He brings energy to everything that he does – whether it’s fielding, running between wickets, his strike-rate,” Langer added.