Glenn Maxwell, in registering his maiden Test century, established himself in the list of modern cricket greats like South Africa’s Faf Du Plessis, New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene. (India vs Australia: Day 2 Blog)
Maxwell’s ton against India on Day Two of the third test in Ranchi meant that he had now scored an international century in every format of the game, a feat achieved by only 12 players before him. (India vs Australia: Scorecard)
He is also only the second Australian after Shane Watson to have completed the trifecta.
His century came off 180 balls and he made a total of 104 from 185 balls before he was caught behind by Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha having edged a Ravindra Jadeja delivery.
Watson had also completed his treble with a ton against India. He scored an unbeaten 124 in a T20I played at Sydney in January 2016 during India’s tour of Australia.
The former Aussie captain congratulated his compatriot on his achievement via Twitter.
Astonishingly, his century against India on Friday was only his third in international cricket.
He had previously struck tons in a T20I match against Sri Lanka in September last year and an ODI century against the same opponents during the 2015 World Cup.
His T20I century — a massive 145 not out — made him only the third Australian after Watson and Aaron Finch to claim a ton in the format.
And his triple-figures in the world cup from just 51 balls became the fastest century by an Australian batsman in an ODI match.
Maxwell’s trifecta also puts him in the company of several Indians to have achieved the landmark.
Three Indians — more than any other ICC full member nations — have scored tons in all formats of the game. KL Rahul, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma are the Indian batsman to have achieved the feat.
List of all players to score centuries in all three formats (Tests, ODIs and T20Is)
KL Rahul (India)
Suresh Raina (India)
Rohit Sharma (India)
Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Shane Watson (Australia)
Tillakatne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
Faf Du Plessis (South Africa)
Chris Gayle (West Indies)
Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)
Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan)
- With inputs from Syed Parvez Qaiser-