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Cricket: Is Glenn Maxwell's ODI knock the best of all-time?

After Glenn Maxwell's sensational double-century at the 2023 World Cup, we have taken a look at some of the other individual performances with the bat that continue to live long in the memory.

Before we get into the list, the sheer brilliance of Australian powerhouse Maxwell has to applauded after he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Afghanistan at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

The 35-year-old came to the crease facing a hat-trick ball at 49-4 before his side fell to 91-7 in their pursuit of 292, a target which looked out of reach given just one outright batter was left.

However, Maxwell, who was dropped twice, made the most of his early reprieves and proceeded to smash an unbeaten 201, reaching double figures by smashing a six that clinched the victory.

It was an incredible performance from the big-hitting Aussie, who was struggling badly with cramp and could barley move his legs, instead relying on his sheer arm strength to reach the target in boundaries.

With Australia securing their place in the semi-finals of the World Cup thank to that success, they will be hoping Maxwell can continue his form in the rest of the tournament.

Maxwell's innings has been described as the greatest in ODI history and it is hard to argue with that, but we have delved through the archives to pick out some other performances that challenge him for the crown.

264 - Rohit Sharma - INDIA v Sri Lanka (Kolkata, 2014)

It wouldn't be right if Rohit Sharma's sublime knock of 264 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata back in 2014 doesn't make the list, with this the highest-ever score made in an ODI innings.

The 36-year-old smashed 33 fours and nine sixes from just 173 balls to reach this landmark score, with India defeating Sri Lanka by a massive 153 runs.

Sharma has recorded three double centuries in the 50-over format, making 209 against Australia in 2013 and then ending up unbeaten on that same score against Sri Lanka in 2017.

The current India captain is the only player in history to record more than one double ton in ODIs.

175* - Kapil Dev, INDIA v Zimbabwe (Tunbridge Wells, 1983)

Arguably India's greatest ever ODI performance came in the Group B clash against Zimbabwe at the 1983 World Cup, a tournament they went on to win.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, India collapsed to 9-4 when Kapil Dev came to the crease and things soon got worse as were reduced to 17-5 to leave their chances of setting a decent target in tatters.

However, Kapil hit 16 fours and six sixes to make an unbeaten 175 from 138 balls, with 75 of those coming in the last 11 overs as he hauled his side to 266-8.

India ended up winning the game by 31 runs and it was all down to Kapil, who became the first player from his country to score an ODI hundred.

149 - Adam Gilchrist, AUSTRALIA v Sri Lanka (Barbados, 2007)

There is nothing quite like the pressure of a World Cup final and it was the 2007 showpiece in Barbados that produced one of the best innings you will see in a one-day international.

After rain reduced the match to 38 overs per side, Adam Gilchrist, known for his attacking style, came out with intent for Australia as he blasted 149 from 104 balls - the highest score for any batter in a World Cup final.

He smashed 13 fours and eight sixes at the famous Bridgetown ground helped the Aussies to their third-straight trophy and fourth overall.

149 - AB de Villiers, SOUTH AFRICA v West Indies (Johannesburg, 2015)

AB de Villiers was one of the most destructive batters during his playing career and he scored 9577 during his ODI career, leaving him second on South Africa's all-time list in this format, behind Jacques Kallis.

The now 39-year-old produced one of his most sensational performances against the West Indies in Johannesburg in 2015, when he made 149 from just 44 balls.

De Villiers cleared the rope 16 times and notched nine fours as he put the Windies bowlers to the sword. He reached triple figures after facing just 31 deliveries, the fastest ODI century in history.

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