The ongoing ICC World Cup 2023 witnessed Australia securing a massive win over the Netherlands at New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium. After setting an imposing target of 400 runs, the Australians bowled out the Dutch team for just 90, achieving a remarkable victory by a margin of 309 runs.
Following this impressive win, the stadium was transformed into a spectacle of colorful fireworks and a vibrant light show, creating a festive atmosphere. However, the mid-match light and sound show received mixed reviews from players, leading to contrasting opinions.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who earlier struck the fastest World Cup century in just 40 balls, did not hold back his criticism. He described the light show as ‘the dumbest idea,’ pointing out that it caused him severe headaches, took a while for his eyes to readjust, and was a detriment to cricketers. Maxwell’s critique was based on his previous experience with a similar display during a Big Bash game at Perth Stadium.
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In contrast, Australian opener David Warner had an entirely different perspective on the light and sound show. Despite Maxwell’s negative comments, Warner expressed his admiration for the atmosphere created by the show. He stated, “I absolutely loved the light show. What an atmosphere. It’s all about the fans. Without you all, we won’t be able to do what we love.”
Warner’s focus was on the fans who had gathered in large numbers to support the Australian team. This contrast in opinions highlights the differing views among players about such extravagant displays during cricket matches.
Maxwell’s incredible performance, with 106 runs off just 44 balls, helped Australia reach a total of 399-8. Their bowlers efficiently defended this score as they bowled out the Netherlands for just 90 runs in 21 overs, securing the second-largest margin of victory in World Cup history.
While the light and sound show may have divided players, it undoubtedly added an electrifying atmosphere to the stadium, providing an unforgettable experience for fans who came to support their teams in this high-profile cricket tournament.