In a match that saw Australia dominate the Netherlands by a staggering margin of 309 runs in Match 24 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in Delhi on Wednesday, cricketers Glenn Maxwell and David Warner had more than just their performances to talk about.
The Australian side, after electing to bat first, posted an imposing total of 399/8, with David Warner contributing a majestic century of 104 and Glenn Maxwell smashing a breathtaking 106. In reply, Netherlands could only manage to score 90 runs in 21 overs, resulting in a comprehensive victory for Australia.
David Warner’s spectacular century marked his 22nd in ODIs and his second consecutive hundred in the tournament, having previously scored 163 against Pakistan. His outstanding form also allowed him to equal the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of six World Cup hundreds, with only Rohit Sharma ahead of him at seven centuries.
Maxwell, on the other hand, etched his name in the record books by achieving the fastest World Cup century ever, completing it in just 40 balls. This incredible feat makes it the fourth-fastest century in Men’s ODIs. Maxwell’s explosive innings featured 9 fours and 8 sixes, earning him the Player-of-the-Match title.
However, the post-match press conference took an interesting turn when Glenn Maxwell expressed his strong disapproval of the light and music show that takes place during the drinks breaks at the stadium. Maxwell referred to it as the “dumbest, horrible idea” and explained his discomfort, citing previous experiences at the Perth Stadium during a Big Bash game.
He added, “I just felt like it gave me shocking headaches and it takes me a while for my eyes to readjust, and I just think it’s the dumbest idea for cricketers. So I just try and cover up as much as I possibly can and ignore it, but it’s a horrible, horrible idea. Great for the fans, horrible for the players.”
In a surprising twist, David Warner held a contrasting opinion, taking to X (formerly Twitter) to express his love for the light show and the incredible atmosphere it creates. He highlighted the significance of the fans in making the game enjoyable for the players, concluding, “It’s all about the fans. Without you all we won’t be able to do what we love.”
The differing views of these two star cricketers on the light and music show added a unique dimension to the post-match discourse, leaving fans with a thought-provoking topic to ponder over in the midst of World Cup excitement.