ICC ODI World Cup 2023: The star of the show at the historic Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday was all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who struck a scorching undefeated 201 to lead Australia past Afghanistan by three wickets in their league stage match. The Maxwell performance in Mumbai, where he hit 21 boundaries and 10 maximums, brought back memories of former India World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev’s 1983 World Cup knock of 175 not out for a lot of cricket lovers and fans.
Glenn Maxwell’s Heroics in Mumbai
Similar to how Maxwell saved his side from danger, Kapil Dev saved the Indian team from danger during their match against Zimbabwe and completely changed the course of the match at Tunbridge Wells, England. As was the case, Kapil Dev took the bat when the team was already out of the game and formed partnerships with batters in the lower order to give his bowlers something to work with.
Building a Solid Foundation
The team was behind 17-5 when Sunil Gavaskar (0), Kris Srikkanth (0), Mohinder Amarnath (5), Sandeep Patil (1), and the late Yashpal Sharma (9) returned to the dressing room. To save the innings, captain Kapil Dev entered the field after first forging a partnership with current BCCI head Roger Binny, a former all-rounder for India. Following the dismissals of Madan Lal (17), Roger Binny (22), and Ravi Shastri (1), Kapil assumed responsibility for the game and, with the help of Syed Kirmani (24 not out), led India to a formidable 266/8 in the allowed 60 overs. India then defeated Zimbabwe for 235, needing three wickets from Madan Lal (3/42) to win by 31 runs.