Calcutta: Glenn Maxwell on Thursday said pacer Shami Ahmed has been India’s best bowler so far in the ongoing ODI series.
Maxwell, who hit a blistering 92 off 77 balls in the rain-affected match in Ranchi on Wednesday, said: “We had played against Shami in South Africa in an A series. I think he has got quicker than what he was in South Africa. especially the one he bowled to Aaron Finch.
“I think Shami has been India’s best bowler so far. He was very dangerous. He surprised with his extra pace and extracted a lot of zip off the wicket. He was also getting some movement.”
Maxwell, who put up 153 runs for the fifth wicket with captain George Bailey (98 off 94 balls), revealed he didn’t tinker with his style of batting.
“I didn’t change my mindset just because I had to come in to bat pretty early in a match. I try and keep my mindset pretty much the same in every match. Last match was no different.
“In fact, it gave me few more overs to bat. The innings really came off well. Obviously, it would have been nice to get to three figures and finish off well in the last ten overs.
“But we wanted to get a score in excess of 300, and in the end we came very close to it. So, it was a good result,” he added.
Maxwell also heaped praise on his captain, saying that Bailey has a good chance to get into the Test squad for the upcoming Ashes series.
“He has been doing the same thing (playing well) for Australia for the last six months. He has been an interesting captain.
“At the moment, he is striking the ball well. Hopefully he will keep doing the good things throughout the series against India and, hopefully, he will take a crack at the Ashes when we go back home,” he hoped.
Talking about his partnership with Bailey on Wednesday, Maxwell said: “I think I had batted with George for a few times now. We just wanted to keep things simple and bat together for as long as possible. The rebuilding process was done really well.
“It was fun out there with an old hand at the other end trying to keep me calm. To put on 150 together for the fifth wicket was fun,” he said.
Maxwell also claimed that India would be under pressure to win the remaining matches in the series, as Australia are in an advantageous position.
“After the last match being washed out and rain forecast for the next match as well, it shows just how important were the first three matches were and how important it was to wrest the early initiative.
“I think it has become difficult for India now. We have our noses ahead and we will be looking to keep the advantage,” he said.
Maxwell, who had a great day in office, was upbeat about his team’s chances in the fourth ODI and, therefore, was very disappointed about the match being called off because of rain.
“It was disappointing that the match got washed out on Wednesday night. But the rains were supposed to come anyway.
“We knew about that. We just hoped that the match got over before the rains come. But, that wasn’t to be the case,” he said.