Glenn Maxwell has celebrated his record-breaking Cricket World Cup century with a sweet gesture to his baby son Logan.
Maxwell and wife Vini Raman welcomed their firstborn into the world early last month after “not the smoothest or easiest” journey to pregnancy, 18 months into their marriage.
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The superstar Aussie allrounder had just 10 days with his young family before jetting off to India — Raman’s country of birth — for World Cup preparations.
And having been in camp for a number of weeks now the 35-year-old got his first chance to reunite with his family when Raman and Logan flew over on Wednesday, the day of Australia’s record win over Netherlands.
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Maxwell was the star of the show against the Dutch in New Delhi, blasting the fastest World Cup century in history, beating South African Aiden Markram’s record — which stood for just 18 days — by nine balls.
Taking his helmet off to acknowledge the crowd after achieving the freakish feat, Maxwell smiled as he made a baby-cradling gesture to the crowd with his bat.
Friends instantly declared Raman and baby Logan a “good luck charm” for Maxwell, who was surely inspired by his family’s arrival to India.
Glenn Maxwell made a baby gesture for his son, Logan. Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
The happy reunion was documented on Raman’s Instagram.
“First day in India and straight into talking tactics with dad,” Raman posted.
Maxwell reunited with his son Logan at the Australian team hotel. Credit: Instagram
Raman had said it was heartbreaking to have to say goodbye when Logan was less than two weeks old.
“Ten magical days as a family of three,” Raman captioned a photo of the trio before the tournament’s warm-up games begun.
“I have loved seeing you thrive in dad mode.
“We’ve had lots of difficult goodbyes but this one feels different… yet I’m so incredibly proud of you for getting to another World Cup — Logan and I will be cheering you on from home.”
The couple, who met in 2013 and began a relationship at the start of 2018, married in March last year in Australia before continuing the celebrations with a Nalangu/Haldi ceremony in India.
They announced their pregnancy in May this year, revealing their fertility struggles in the process.
Glenn and Vini Maxwell’s sweet reveal. Credit: Instagram
“Our rainbow baby is due September 2023,” they wrote at the time.
“It’s so important for us to acknowledge this journey has not been the smoothest or easiest.
“I know first hand how painful it can be to see posts like these wondering if and when your time will be.
“We send our love and strength to other couples who are struggling with fertility or loss.”
The couple struggled with fertility before the successful pregnancy. Credit: Instagram
Knowing he could see his son again clearly helped Maxwell on the field, whose 106 from 44 deliveries led Australia to an imperious total of 8-399, a mark that the Dutch failed to get within 300 runs of, making it the biggest margin in World Cup history, and second biggest in ODI history.
“It’s probably something I didn’t set out to do,” Maxwell admitted of his blistering innings.
“I just tried to get a good platform. On this ground, you can cash in and it was nice to get a bit of rhythm finally and hit a few out of the middle of the bat.
“If you look at the last few games I haven’t been doing that, so it was just being able to give myself a bit of time out in the middle and to give myself that confidence and platform to really go from there.
“It’s a huge confidence boost, a few doubts creep in when you haven’t got runs.
“It’s like a perfect game, when you get 400 and bowl a team out for under 100,” Maxwell said after his side had made 8-399 and Netherlands were skittled for 90.
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