Maxwell admitted that he had gone too far in trying to make such records before.
“I’m very aware of them,” Maxwell said. “I’m very conscious of the balls I face. I like the fastest 50, fastest 100 records. I think they’re very good records. Sometimes to the detriment of myself, I’ve always pushed the boundaries a bit. It has been increased too much.
“I think against Afghanistan in 2015, I was on 88 (38) and I was like, ‘I’ll get it in the next two balls.’ game.
“I’ve been in situations before where I could score a century quickly while scoring runs – I know I’m difficult to bowl to. It’s just about getting ahead of the first ball.”
Maxwell revealed that the playing conditions and his own health helped him calm down after falling into a vigorous first-ball slog in the previous game against Pakistan, setting the right stage for him to do something similar Was.
He revealed that he was feeling unwell before the Netherlands game and had not slept much since his wife and newborn son arrived in India.
“I was sitting in the changing room and I didn’t really want to bat, which is a bit different to the last game where I was very keen to go out there,” Maxwell said. “We talked about the over-excitement level and if you can’t tell I probably reached double the maximum (against Pakistan). But when I walked out there I was a bit more calm. I didn’t have too many expectations. We’ve gotten pretty good these past few days.”
This forced Maxwell to play conservatively in the early part of his innings, which set him up perfectly. His first five boundaries included three spectacular drives down the ground, a leg glance and a stock paddle sweep off the ball going down leg.
“It’s a bit strange that I had to calm myself down for the first 20 balls and get ready again,” Maxwell said. “I think the circumstances, I think, the timing of the wickets would probably have changed my approach if it was just me and Davy at the back end. I felt like I was just super selective. Even the boundaries Even with what I was hitting, by the time I got to about 50 or 60, I was literally hitting them flat through the gaps or picking out my spots clearly where I wanted to go and it was just the previous There was the end where I just tried to pump everything out.
It was not until Maxwell was on 35 after 21 balls that he bowled the first of three humiliating reverse swats at backward point. He admitted that he thought he had got himself out with the second ball when he chose the wrong length off Bas de Leede, but still managed to reverse-flick it into the stands at backward point and take his wicket off 27 balls. Completed half century.
“I thought it was going to be slow inside the wicket or behind the length and he bowled it perfectly, I think, on middle and off and luckily my arm speed got me out of trouble,” he said. ” “I feel like tonight, I really gave myself an opportunity to be able to play those shots on the back end where the conditions and the type of pitch, I think, the first few games maybe didn’t allow me to.
“I was in a rebuilding phase and trying to move forward and try to bat as long as possible, and maybe I didn’t get the opportunity. And like I said in the last game, the opportunity was there and I Thrown it away.”
Alex Malcolm is associate editor at ESPNcricinfo