Why is it that the most talented sportsmen are often at the center of dumbest things ever? Is there some strange connection between talent and stupidity? There has to be, or how else would one make sense of Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell's brain fart moment in the ongoing Big Bash League.
Maxwell, 26, is arguably the hardest hitting batsman in cricket today and is often seen smashing bowlers out of the park in shorter formats of the game. Yet, in the Melbourne Stars' clash with the Brisbane Heat on Sunday, he got out in one of the worst ways possible – a golden duck.
Having seen the Stars' other star batsman Cameron White being dismissed on just the fifth ball of the game, Maxwell took guard. Expected of him was another trademark knocks that would've seen his side chase down the Heat's 165-run target.
Instead, the Australian international did completely the opposite. He charged down the pitch on Ryan Duffield's in-swinging delivery only to change his mind at the last moment and let it leave. The ball swung in sharply and dismantled the stumps of Maxwell, who hadn't offered a shot and was now looking like an idiot with a bat.
It’s extremely rare for a batsman of his caliber to be this stupid with his shot selection, especially at a time when his team needed him the most. Maxwell immediately realized his blunder as his thoughts reflected in this tweet:
Sorry stars fans, not good enough, dumb and sh*t is the only way to describe tonight's events.— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) December 28, 2014
Of course, the Internet had its fun with Maxwell's mother of all golden ducks. The hashtag #MaxwellBall was the hub of all jokes being cracked at the expense of the man affectionately known as The Big Show:
BREAKING: Glenn Maxwell inspired statue set to go ahead at MCG: pic.twitter.com/RrmZX4PEAc— Former Legend (@Former_legend) December 28, 2014