India vs Australia 2019: Virat Kohli names biggest threat for Men in Blue

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India vs Australia 2019: Virat Kohli Names Biggest Threat for the Men in Blue
Virat Kohli has set an example as a skipper. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

On the Eve of the first of two-match of India vs Australia 2019 Twenty20 International series, Team India captain Virat Kohli believes Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who’s in good stead could be a potential threat for the hosts in the about-to-happen series. Stoinis has already set his sights on the white-ball cricket.

Stoinis has been handy with his medium pace bowling which subsequently saw him making it to the Australian squad. He is all set to face India in the impending limited-overs series. The series will kick off on February 24 in Vizag.

Stoinis is an impactful player:

Marcus Stoinis, India vs Australia 2019
Marcus Stoinis has a lot to prove for the Australian team. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Kohli didn’t shy away from saying that Australia could give a healthy competition to the hosts, this time around. Although India has dominated the visitors thoroughly, Kohli stated that Stonis would be impactful for the Kangaroos.

“We obviously expect a stiff competition overall from the Australian team but if I had to single out one player that can make more impact that would be Marcus Stoinis,” Kohli told reporters.

With runs on his back, Stoinis is aiming to continue with his dominance while donning the national colours.

Stoinis has shown significant progress in his game before delivering goods in the 50-over fold.

In the recently-completed eighth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL), Stonis bagged 14 wickets at an average of 16.14 in 13 matches.

Virat Kohli, Marcus Stoinis, India vs Australia 2019
Stoinis knew what it takes for a challenge. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Interestingly, in 13 innings Stonis amassed 533 runs at an average of 53.40. He slammed six half-centuries under his belt.

In the upcoming twelfth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), Stoinis will play under the captaincy of Kohli. The Royal Challengers Bangalore has traded Stoinis from Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

“He’s come around really well during the BBL and he’s making standout performances on a consistent basis. You can see he’s grown in confidence and he’s definitely going to be a very important player for them,” Kohli said.

Stoinis has reaped the rewards for his hard work:

In between, his top-score came as 87 which saw him amassing 376 runs in the 2018 Calendar year.

Marcus Stoinis, Virat Kohli, India vs Australia 2019
Marcus Stoinis has often backed his strength. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Earlier, Stoinis has bagged the ODI Cricketer of the Year award following his solid show. During the race to clinch the coveted prize, Stonis has pipped Aussie ODI skipper Aaron Finch and prominent batsman Shaun Marsh.

In 2018, the right-handed batsman Stoinis played a quality role to emerge as one of the top run-getter for Australia. Stoinis slammed as many as four fifties under his belt.

With India being termed as the favourites for the series, Kohli is looking forward to gear up on his return to the national fold alongside paceman Jasprit Bumrah.

In 19 T20Is between India and Australia, the Men in Blue have clinched 11 victories, as Australia could eke out six wins with a solitary game being washed-out

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