Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell has revealed his commitment to his girlfriend Vini Raman, announcing the news on social networks.
Maxwell was supposed to be in South Africa with the Australian team for a day, but he retired from the tour due to an elbow injury that requires surgery.
Instead, the 31-year-old all-terrain remained in Australia, proposing to Raman sometime in mid-February. The couple has been dating for more than two years.
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Maxwell shared the news Wednesday night with his 935,000 Instagram followers, Raman posting an identical photo on his own account. As of 11 p.m. on Wednesday, the photos collectively have more than 51,000 likes.
Raman, a Melbourne-based pharmacist, captioned the photo: “Last week my favorite person asked me to marry him.”
Big Bash’s opponent, Liam Livingstone, AFL star Josh Bruce and his Lancashire teammate, Saqib Mahmood, were some of the first big names to congratulate the couple. Professional cricket players Matt Parkinson and Alexandra Hartley also commented on the posts.
His teammate, Pat Cummins, also recently got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Becky Boston, who revealed the news in early February.
Maxwell retired from the game in October 2019 due to mental health problems and attributed to Raman a reason for his decision to speak.
“Actually it was my partner who suggested that I talk to someone, she was the first to notice, so I should probably thank her,” Maxwell said in December.
“Once I had that initial conversation, it took a great weight off me.”
After returning to professional cricket in December 2019, he captained the Melbourne Stars in the BBL final in Sydney, losing to the Sixers for 19 races.
During BBL09, Maxwell sacked 398 runs at 39.80, scoring three fifties in 16 innings. He was the second top scorer for the Stars, behind tournament player Marcus Stoinis.
Maxwell has represented Australia 178 times in all formats, and was a fundamental member of his 2015 Cricket World Cup team. He is likely to participate in the next T20 2020 Cricket World Cup for men, which will begin in October.