Ricky Ponting, batting legend of Australia believes all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is playing “five times better” than what he was a year ago and could take up “multiple roles” for Australian cricket, including the job of a finisher.
Marcus Stoinis scored 352 runs and snapped 13 wickets to play a big role in Delhi Capitals, coached by Ricky Ponting, reaching the final of the recent IPL in the UAE for their first rime. He is in Australia’s ODI and T20I squads for the series against India starting on Friday. He averaged 25.14 with bat and 21.76 with ball in hand in IPL 2020.
Ricky Ponting Feels Marcus Stoinis Proven That He Can Do Multiple Roles And He Is 5 Times Better Compared To Past Year
Ricky Ponting said it was Alex Carey who had told him about Marcus Stoinis incredible turnaround during the IPL.
“From the moment he turned up at the IPL, having come straight from England … he was pretty keen to show me improvements that he’d made. And his first few net sessions, I could just tell then,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
“Having spent a fair bit of time with him over the past couple of years, what I saw from him at the IPL suggests to me that he’s a five times better player than he was 12 months ago.”
The 31-year-old Marcus Stoinis was dropped from Australia’s T20I squad after a disappointing 50-over World Cup last year. He averages a below-par 20 in T20I and has scored only 220 runs in 17 innings, but in ODI he averages slightly better 32.53.
But, Marcus Stoinis made a successful comeback, riding on his incredible performance for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League where he scored 705 runs in a single season and also smashed tournament’s highest individual score of 147 not out.
Ricky Ponting Feels Marcus Stoinis Will Impress If Given More Responsibility In White Ball Cricket
Ricky Ponting said Marcus Stoinis has proven himself as a finisher but believes he should open the innings.
“I think the future for him either at Delhi or whoever he plays for in T20 cricket will be at the top of the order. I think he can do (the finishing role). I think he’s proven that he can do multiple different roles now,” said Ponting.
“And I think the more responsibility he gets in the white-ball team, the better he’ll be as well. We’ll see what happens over the next few weeks (against India), but if he gets a decent chance at it, I think he’ll impress everyone. With the way he’s thinking about the game, with a bit of experience and the consistent exposure he’s had with the Aussie guys, I don’t think it really matters where he plays.”
Ricky Ponting said Marcus Stoinis looks a lot more positive and aggressive against spin bowling now compared to the past when he comparatively slowed down trying to rotate the strike in vain.
“He’s worked really hard on his play against spin bowling and that’s one of the things that’s slowed him down a little bit (in the past). When he’s had to go out and start against quality spin, he hasn’t had the options to rotate the strike as much as he would like, ” said the former Australia captain.
Ricky Ponting, Australia’s two-time World Cup-winning skipper, feels Marcus Stoinis negotiated the spinners well in the IPL and is reaping the rewards of focusing on making good starts to his innings.
“Even the best spinners in the world were trying to tie him down in the IPL, but they couldn’t do it. In T20s, … he’s got to go out and try and hit a boundary first ball. And he’s starting to prove to himself, he knows within himself, that he can do that now against the best fast bowlers and spinners in the world, ” he said.
Marcus Stoinis has scored only one century in ODI, but his performance was dismal in ODI against England in 2020 and 2019 World Cup as he averaged less than 20 both times.