Australia vs India 2020-21: Marcus Stoinis Is Hopeful That Plans Will Work Against Virat Kohli

Australia vs India 2020-21: Marcus Stoinis Is Hopeful That Plans Will Work Against Virat Kohli

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis expects to see the best of Indian skipper Virat Kohli during the India captain’s shortened tour of Australia, which starts on Friday, November 27, with ODIs. Marcus Stoinis, however, hopes playing fewer games will not mean more runs for Virat Kohli when the India captain’s Australian summer campaign begins at the SCG on Friday.

The world’s No.1-ranked ODI batsman will lead the tourists in three 50-over clashes before a three-game T20I series which will be followed by four Tests. But Virat Kohli ranked second in the world behind Steve Smith in the longest format of the game, will head home to attend the birth of his first child after the first day-night test in Adelaide.

Steven Smith and Virat Kohli
Steven Smith and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Google)

Marcus Stoinis Confident After Successful IPL 2020

Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis laughed off suggestions that the run machine would be feeling any extra motivation to make a mark before he departs.

“Don’t worry about Virat; he’s up for every single game that he’s playing,” Stoinis said on Saturday.

“I don’t think you can get any extra motivation than 110 per cent … he’ll be ready to go. We’ve got our strategies (against him), had things that have worked in the past, but other times the plans haven’t worked and he’s made some runs … hopefully things land on our side of the court (this summer), ” said all-rounder Stoinis.

Marcus Stoinis himself is feeling confident after a successful IPL stint under coach Ricky Ponting who is now in Australia’s camp assisting coach Justin Langer.

Virat Kohli & Marcus Stoinis. Virat Kohli & Marcus Stoinis. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Marcus Stoinis starred with bat and ball as Delhi went into their maiden final of IPL history coached by Ricky Ponting. Marcus Stoinis has played in only 44 ODIs and 22 T20Is after making his debut way back in 2015. He doesn’t have a great average with both bat and ball in international cricket and will look to make amends in the forthcoming limited-overs series.

Marcus Stoinis: Ricky Ponting’s Help Was Vital As He Instilled Confidence

The 31-year-old made 352 runs at a strike rate of 148 and took 13 wickets during the IPL 2020 campaign, with Ricky Ponting promoting him even to open the batting in the latter stages of the tournament.

“I’m a massive fan of his; he’s mentored me, he’s a good man, means a lot to me and his help was vital,” Stoinis said of the former Australia captain.

Ricky Ponting, IPL
Ricky Ponting, IPL Image Credit:Getty Images.

“He’s so generous with his time; throwing balls from the start of session until the end, then probably has a few anti-inflammatories and goes to bed for the rest of the day. The confidence he instils, the way he teaches you, he’s as good as you’ll get. I don’t think he’s in the business of changing careers but like all those good coaches you don’t really know you’re being coached until you look back and realise (what he did was) bloody important.”

Steve Smith’s name was missing from Australia’s last ODI series in England for he suffered a concussion and Marcus Stoinis was promoted to bat at number three position. He scored 84 runs in 3 T20Is and 56 runs in 3 ODIs.

He said Ricky Ponting had been one of the factors contributing to a big sort of pool of events that led to more opportunities at the top of the order for the all-rounder.

“Punter’s a big believer in me and wants to give me responsibility in the teams that he’s been in charge of, but I’ve got to be adaptable,” he said.

“I’m just happy to be involved wherever they feel I can have my biggest impact in the game. Whether that’s at the top or the middle … and I’ve had these conversations with Ricky and said ‘just let me know and I’ll put the pads on’, ” said Marcus Stoinis.

Marcus Stoinis has scored 1106 runs in 44 games averaging 32.52. In 22 T20Is, he averages a meagre 20. With the ball, he has 9 T20I wickets and 33 ODI wickets averaging more than 35.

Dettol ODI Series v India 2020

Australia ODI & T20I squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.