Steve Smith, Aaron Finch disagree with Glenn Maxwell’s views on Indian batsmen

The ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series between India and Australia witnessed many instances which created a stir in the fraternity. Australia’s maverick right-handed batsman Glenn Maxwell recent comments on the Indian batsmen being ‘milestone-driven’ attracted a lot of attention.

Maxwell has expressed his displeasure and criticised Indian batsmen of worrying more about their personal achievements rather than team’s.

After his match-winning knock of 96 runs in the third ODI, Maxwell had stated that the Indian batsmen were playing for personal landmarks.

Maxwell after his glorious knock of 96 runs in the third ODI said that Indian batsmen were playing in order to achieve their personal goals. He said, “They were, probably, just making sure they got to a milestone. Some people are milestone-driven, some people aren’t.”

On this, Maxwell’s teammate Aaron Finch was quoted in a report from MidDay saying, “The talk of Indian players being selfish was obviously Glenn’s view; that’s not my personal view.”

He further added saying, “Virat Kohli got a 100 off 80-odd balls the other day — there was nothing selfish about that innings. That was an extraordinary, extraordinary innings. Shikhar Dhawan got it off about 95 balls, I think. He took the game on at the start for India along with Rohit (Sharma) and got them off to an absolute flyer. Gee! There are some seriously good players in India. Virat — 25 ODI hundreds now. That’s an unbelievable achievement.”

Smith on the other hand too disagreed to this and said, “I think that can be natural for anyone around the world. When you see that sort of milestone coming, in the back of your mind you might slow down a little bit. I think Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are quality players and they’re batting beautifully and I don’t see any problem with any selfishness there.”

Maxwell also opened up on Kohli and said, “I think, if you look back at it. I was sent a photo the other day. It said – Virat was 84 off 63 (factually, he was 84 off 61), and then 100 off 89 (100 off 84) or something like that. He got his last 11 runs off 22 (21) balls to get his hundred.”