Despite not being able to make it to the playoffs of the ongoing Big Bash League 2021-22, the Melbourne Stars ensured that they end their season on a high. Their captain Glenn Maxwell played an innings of a lifetime as he went on to smash several records.
The explosive all-rounder scored an unbeaten 154 off just 66 deliveries. Thus, he now has the highest individual score in the history of the league. This knock was so sensational that it somehow managed to overshadow the 31-ball unbeaten 75 of Marcus Stoinis.
After being asked to bat first, the men in green, courtesy to their openers, got an explosive start. While they were 141 for the loss of two wickets at the end of the 11th over, what followed was absolute carnage. Maxwell and Stoinis joined forces to deposit most of the balls outside the stadium.
The two explosive Aussie all-rounders put together a partnership of 132 runs for the third wicket. Thus, the Maxwell-led side got to 273/2 in the 20 overs, which is now the highest team total in the history of the Australian T20 league. The fact that it was their captain’s 100th BBL game was absolute icing over the cake.
In response to this mammoth total, the Hurricanes kept losing wickets at regular intervals and only scored 167. Thus, the Stars ended up beating them with a margin of 106 runs. The 33-year-old was hopeful of replicating similar performances in the next season.
“Not really (sunk in). Came in and went straight back out, a couple of young guys needed guidance and so I had to be there. It has been a tough season and not gone according to plan. But hopefully, we have done enough to bring people back to support this franchise next season,” said Glenn Maxwell during the post-match presentation. Thus, although the Stars can’t qualify for the playoffs, they definitely won a lot of hearts during the 56th game of this season.
Here how Twitter reacted.
— IamTheDanger ➐ (@JaiswalVarrnit) January 19, 2022
— BUZZ ROTHFIELD (@BuzzRothfield) January 19, 2022
Glenn Maxwell are you SERIOUS! He's on fire early for the Melbourne Stars in #BBL11
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 19, 2022
— Shivam Devgan (@ShivamDevgan95) January 19, 2022
— Arya Lokesh (@Lokesh08_) January 19, 2022