New Delhi: Glenn Maxwell on Friday was quick to state that his comments regarding Virat Kohli's mindset-driven mentality were taken out of context by the media.
The explosive batsman dismissed reports that he had criticised India's ODI vice-captain, saying it was 'completely untrue' and the Australian team was actually "in awe" of the star batsman
Taken out of context... I also complimented him on how well he had played and got his team into a winning position https://t.co/wxIG1eJlD6
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) January 22, 2016
"I was asked to give a bit of an assessment of who was dominating with the bat in this series, and I said 'I don't think anyone in the world is hitting the ball better than Virat at the moment'," Maxwell told cricket.com.au.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 22, 2016
"A lot of us are still in awe of what he can do on the field, and the way that he all but took the game away from us the other night in Canberra was something that we were pretty much powerless to stop," he further added.
Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 25th ODI ton when he blasted 106 in only his 162nd innings while India were chasing a mammoth 349 for a win in the fourth one-dayer. He surpassed the feat of Sachin Tendulkar who achieved it in 1998 in 234 innings.
Further clarifying his comments, the 27-year-old Maxwell said: "The point that I was making, and it related more to when India were setting totals and had plenty of wickets in hand, is that the scoring rate seemed to slow as milestones got close, which can sometimes be the case, especially when teams are batting first.
"Maintaining a constant scoring rate can be less straightforward batting first than when you're chasing and you know what the required rate has to be, and there have been times when batters just seem to have slowed a bit to make sure they reach those milestones."
(With PTI inputs)