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Delhi Capitals. Image Credits: Twitter
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Aakash Chopra Picks Delhi Capitals’ Ideal Playing 11 For IPL 2021

Aakash Chopra has picked the Delhi Capitals’ ideal playing XI for IPL 2021. He carried out the exercise in a video shared on his YouTube channel.

The Delhi Capitals have an excellent all-around unit with most of the bases covered. They will be led by Rishabh Pant as Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of IPL 2021 due to a shoulder injury.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Wants DC To Bat Ajinkya Rahane At No. 3 To Accomodsate Shimron Hetmyer And Marcus Stoinis In The Lower Middle Order

Aakash Chopra wants the Delhi Capitals to bat Ajinkya Rahane at No.3 so that they can have two big-hitters in Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis in the lower middle-order.

Shikhar Dhawan was at his sensational best in the 2020 edition, when he finished only second to KL Rahul in the run for the Orange Cap. Owing to the dismal form of his opening partner Prithvi Shaw, he, at times, had the added burden of carrying his side along alone, although, performance-wise, it turned out to be his best season, and he ended up scoring 618 runs at 44.14 with 2 centuries.

“Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw to open. At three, I want to play Ajinkya Rahane because if Rahane is at three then you can play both Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis. So Rahane at three, Pant at four and Hetmyer and Stoinis at No.5 and No.6. This looks like a very decent top six to me,” said Aakash Chopra.

Delhi Capitals' opener Ajinkya Rahane during a training session. - IPL
Delhi Capitals’ opener Ajinkya Rahane during a training session. – IPL

With keeper and skipper Rishabh Pant likely to bat at No.4, the Delhi Capitals possess one of the most explosive middle-orders in IPL 2021.

While Marcus Stoinis can play in the middle-order too, but as seen from the 2020 IPL and BBL edition, he is more dangerous at the top, so he may bat as an opener with Shikhar Dhawan which means Steve Smith may come in to make DC batting stronger. Delhi can also try Sam Billings at No.6 instead of Shimron Hetmyer if things don’t work out well with him.

Aakash Chopra: Axar Patel’s Absence In First Few Matches Could Hamper Delhi Capitals Balance

Aakash Chopra pointed out that Axar Patel’s likely absence(for being Covid-19 positive) for the first few matches of IPL 2021 could hamper the Delhi Capitals’ balance. The all-rounder recently tested positive for COVID-19. Aakash Chopra reckons Amit Mishra can partner Ravichandran Ashwin in the spin department until Axar Patel is available.

“There could be a few problems in the initial matches because you would have wanted Axar at No.7. If you put Ashwin at No.7, you will feel the batting is a little short. So, the first couple of games they might be struggling to find the right balance. But after that you play Ashwin and Axar, you can play Mishra also along with Ashwin,” added Aakash Chopra.

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. Image Credits: Twitter

The successful pairing of pacers Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada along with an experienced Indian pacer in the form of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav completes Aakash Chopra’s preferred Delhi Capitals XI.

“Then you have got Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and play one out of Ishant and Umesh and your team is complete,” signed off Chopra.

Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada might not be available for the first encounter as they will be serving their mandatory quarantine period. The Delhi Capitals could field Chris Woakes and Tom Curran against the Chennai Super Kings in such a scenario.

Delhi Capitals Playing XI (likely)

Prithvi Shaw
Shikhar Dhawan
Steve Smith/ Ajinkya Rahane
Rishabh Pant (c & wk)
Marcus Stoinis
Shimron Hetmyer
Axar Patel/ Amit Mishra
Chris Woakes/ Kagiso Rabada/ Anrich Nortje
Ravichandran Ashwin
Umesh Yadav
Ishant Sharma

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Aakash Chopra Predicts Top 5 Performers Of The IPL 2021

Aakash Chopra, a former Indian batsman, has predicted his top 5 overseas performers before the start of IPL 2021.

The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to kick off in a few days.  The first match of the new season will be played on April 9th between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: David Warner Adapts To Indian Conditions As If He’s Making His Tik Tok Videos

Teams are looking to finalize their best combination for the new season as there have been some changes due to the IPL auctions that took place in February.

David Warner (SRH)
David Warner (SRH)

“He (David Warner) is a very strong player. Although let’s be honest, his first nine matches will be on grounds that might not suit him that much, but he won’t be affected by that. He’s got this unique ability that despite being an Australian, he adapts to Indian conditions as if he’s making his Tik Tok videos.

“You’ll once again find him scoring 400-500 runs. We saw last year that he can change his gears and play carefully which is what’s required early on this season,” said Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel.

David Warner has scored in excess of 500 runs in six consecutive seasons and Aakash Chopra has tipped him to continue with the streak this time around. David Warner captained SRH to their maiden tournament win in 2016. He was the second-highest run-scorer for them in their title-winning effort with a monumental 848 runs at a strike rate of 151.42 averaging 60.57. He amassed 641 runs in IPL 2017, 692 runs in IPL 2019, and 548 runs in IPL 2020.

Aakash Chopra Picks Rashid Khan, AB De Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, And Nicholas Pooran To Do Well

The second player that Aakash Chopra has picked is David Warner’s SRH teammate Rashid Khan. Rashid Khan has been outstanding ever since he made his debut in the IPL and with SRH set to play 9 of their 14 league matches on spin-friendly tracks of Chennai and Delhi, the former opener has tipped him to win the purple cap in IPL 2021.

“I feel he (Rashid Khan) is going to do something special. He is a sensational player. Five matches are in Chennai, and four matches are in Delhi, and he”ll find a lot of turn on both the pitches. He has also played a lot more cricket recently than his counterparts, so he’ll be ready. My prediction is he’ll be the purple cap holder this season as well”.

Any overseas top-performers list can’t get complete without the inclusion of Mr 360 AB de Villiers. Aakash Chopra has requested the RCB think-tank to not read much into the match-ups by not sending him against leg-spinners.

“He (AB de Villiers) is a man from a different planet. We all feel he’s taking a risk, but he does the impossible very easily. I have a request for RCB – don’t go into matchups, like not sending him against leg spinners.”

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

Marcus Stoinis finally was at his best in the IPL last year as he came up with match-winning performances with both bat and ball. With Shreyas Iyer, not there this time around, Aakash Chopra believes that the Australian all-rounder will have a huge role to play this time around for the 2020 IPL runners-up.

“The best of Marcus Stoinis came in the last season, and I think he’s going to continue in the same fashion. He’ll have more responsibility this season because Shreyas Iyer isn’t there.”

Aakash Chopra concluded the list with exciting West Indies and Punjab King’s southpaw Nicholas Pooran. Nicholas Pooran showed glimpses of his precocious talent last time around but Aakash Chopra believes that if PBKS have to well this time around then he will have to play a bigger role than IPL 2020.

“Nicholas Pooran is one of the most fascinating talents to watch. When he’s batting, you actually stop, watch and admire. I expect Punjab Kings to do a lot better this season, and for that to happen, Nicholas Pooran will be imperative,” Chopra concluded.

RCB has spent much of their money on AB De Villiers, Kyle Jamieson, and Glenn Maxwell, KKR on Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Pat Cummins, and Rajasthan Royals on Ben Stokes, Chris Morris, and Jofra Archer.

Shimron Hetmyer’s T20 numbers don’t reflect his true potential. Adam Milne’s pace can be his X-factor. Moeen Ali’s hitting prowess and picking scalps will be quite useful. Glenn Maxwell is a skilled T20 batsman. The right-handed batsman Fabian Allen is quite useful against medium-pacers in the lower order. They can also fire in IPL 2021.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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IPL 2021: Aakash Chopra Picks 6 Players Whose Recent Performances Should Excite Franchises

Aakash Chopra, former Indian opening batsman turned commentator has picked six players drafted by different franchises for IPL 2021 whose recent performances should excite their respective IPL franchises.

He named the players in a video shared on his YouTube channel.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Picks Devdutt Padikkal, Prithvi Shaw, And Suryakumar Yadav As Indian Batsmen Whose Recent Forms Will Delight Respective Franchises In IPL

The cricketer-turned-commentator noted that opener Devdutt Padikkal’s consistent performances in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy will delight the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He is the leading run-scorer with 572 runs at a staggering average of 190.67 playing only 5 games in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.

“I will talk about Devdutt Padikkal first. He is the future of Indian cricket and RCB’s present. He is in absolutely red-hot form. He has scored three consecutive hundreds in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. His lowest score in the last five games is 52. He is definitely going to open for RCB. I am pretty sure RCB is looking at his form very closely and India is also looking at it very closely because he is a long-term prospect,” said Aakash Chopra.

Prithvi Shaw @ AFP Tweeted By ICC
Prithvi Shaw @ AFP Tweeted By ICC

Aakash Chopra believes Prithvi Shaw who scored a tournament-record score of an unbeaten 227 in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, will hold the Delhi Capitals and the diminutive opener in good stead. Prithvi Shaw didn’t have a good tour to Australia earlier in 2020-21 where the gap between his bat and pad was exposed.

“The second player I want to talk about is Prithvi Shaw. It seems like he is hurt because of not being considered for the Indian team. He scored a double-century in a List A game as a captain. He scored 227 not out off 152 balls, that’s a stellar performance. The Delhi Capitals will be happy and from his point of view, it is important that he scores runs,” observed Chopra.

Suryakumar Yadav scored 512 runs, 424 runs, and 480 runs respectively in IPL 2018,2019 and 2020. His average was also above 30 every time for Mumbai Indians after a modest outing for Kolkata Knight Riders from 2014 to 2017. He returned to Mumbai Indians in 2018 after a short stint from 2011-2013. His impressive show in IPL saw him being inducted in India’s squad for 5 T20Is against England.

Aakash Chopra: Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Santner, And Jimmy Neesham’s Performances In Ongoing Australia-New Zealand T20I Series Will Delight Franchises

Aakash Chopra believes the Delhi Capitals franchise will be ecstatic after seeing all-rounder Marcus Stoinis’ swashbuckling knock for Australia in the second T20I against New Zealand.

“At No.4, I am keeping Marcus Stoinis. He is one of the most improved all-rounders in the recent times. He is pulling his weight in the side and how. He scored 78 off 37 balls, he demolished the opposition team. DC must be very excited because he is a very good acquisition,” said Chopra.

The 43-year-old reckons Mitchell Santner’s spell of 4/31 in the same Australia-New Zealand encounter should make his franchise Chennai Super Kings happy.

“Next in my list is Mitchell Santner who took 4 wickets. It was a high-scoring encounter but this player did his job. Chennai Super Kings must be excited because they have let go of a few spinners. He might just slip into their playing XI very often,” observed Aakash Chopra.

James Neesham
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 26: Jimmy Neesham of New Zealand during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 26, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)

Aakash Chopra signed off by stating that Jimmy Neesham’s destructive knock and match-winning final over would have thrilled the Mumbai Indians.

“Last but not the least, Jimmy Neesham. He smashed 45 not out off 16 balls including four consecutive sixes. Mumbai Indians have acquired him at base price. He will not play at the start but eventually there is a possibility he might play because of the balance,” concluded Chopra.

Australian Marcus Stoinis scored 78 runs in the 2nd T20I while New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham scored a breezy 45 in the 2nd T20I after a quick 26 in the 1st T20I. In the 2nd T20I, Mitchell Santner returned with figures of 4/31.

Besides the aforementioned players, the performances of Krunal Pandya, Robin Uthappa, Siddharth Kaul, and Dhawal Kulkarni in the Vijay Hazare Trophy would delight their respective franchises.

Jimmy Neesham | GETTY
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 25: Jimmy Neesham of New Zealand bats during game two of the International T20 series between New Zealand and Australia at University of Otago Oval on February 25, 2021 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)
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James Neesham Who Scores 16-Ball 45 And Defends 15 Runs In Last Over Against Australia

James Neesham, a New Zealand all-rounder helped the hosts seal a narrow win over Australia by defending 15 runs successfully in the final over of 2nd T20I.

New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham stopped Australia from scoring 15 runs in the final over of 2nd T20I which was coincidentally the exact same equation as the 2019 World Cup Super Over and ‘wondered how the World Cup would come up today’.

james Neesham[photo: Inside Sport]
James Neesham[photo: Inside Sport]

James Neesham Wondered How The 2019 World Cup Super Over Would Come Up As It Was The Same Equation

Australian batsmen Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams threatened to make a late comeback before all-rounder James Neesham put on a splendid performance with both bat and ball to help New Zealand clinch victory in the second T20I against Australia by four runs at University Oval in Dunedin on Thursday.

James Neesham first impressed with the bat, belting six sixes in a brutal 16 ball knock scoring an unbeaten 45, and then delivered one of the most breath-taking final over where he conceded only 10 runs including four dot balls with two wickets of Daniel Sams (41 off 15) and Marcus Stoinis (78 off 37) to take his side over the finish line.

Marcus Stoinis (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Marcus Stoinis (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

“It was the exact equation, was it? I wondered how the World Cup would come up today,” James Neesham said.

“That would’ve been nice. But no, I didn’t know about that at the time, it’s not something you really think about, you’re probably in a little bit of trouble if you’re at the top of your mark thinking about the World Cup final when you’re trying to bowl the last ball of a T20, but I was just trying to keep it simple and bowl yorkers.

“Never loved it more,” James Neesham was quick to say.

James Neesham bowled only a solitary over as the likes of Kyle Jamieson and Ish Sodhi were too expensive. Mitchell Santner picked 4 scalps conceding only 31 runs.

James Neesham Had Dinner With Spinner Ish Sodhi

Going through a lean patch, Martin Guptill slammed a whirlwind 97 off just 50 balls to steer New Zealand to 219 runs in the allotted 20 overs against Australia in the second T20I. The Kiwi batsman hit eight sixes and six fours during his sensational knock.

Martin Guptill gestures to the crowd after being dismissed for 97
Martin Guptill gestures to the crowd after being dismissed for 97 – AP

“I had dinner with (Black Caps leg spinner) Ish Sodhi and we talked about how we’ve both come through some trials and tribulations and he’s obviously had his issues with his action and he was obviously coming through them at the same time.

“We’ve played a lot of cricket together and spent a lot of time together and we were just sort of talking about how much we’ve enjoyed each other’s success and hopefully it can continue for more years yet.”

In reply to New Zealand’s mammoth 219, Australia got off to a promising solid start as the visitors smashed 33 runs from the first three overs. But pacer Tim Southee removed opener and keeper, Matthew Wade, in the fourth over to halt Australia’s chase.

But the visitors continued to bat without taking risks and seven overs into the chase, Australia was 64/1 before Ish Sodhi dismissed skipper Aaron Finch on the last ball of the eight over. Aaron Finch’s dismissal triggered a middle-order collapse which saw Australia losing wickets at regular intervals. The visitors were soon found reeling at 113/6 before Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams came out firing on all cylinders.

The duo stitched a 92-run stand for the seventh wicket in just 37 balls but New Zealand held their nerve in the final over to prevail. Marcus Stoinis (78 off 37) and Daniel Sams (41 off 15) combined for a record seventh-wicket T20I partnership of 92 runs.

Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
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No Batsman Even Aaron Finch Is Immune From Being Dropped When He’s Not Scoring Runs: Mark Waugh

Mark Waugh believes Australia’s white-ball limited-overs captain Aaron Finch is not immune from being dropped due to poor form. The opener failed yet again after scoring a sluggish 14-ball 12 when the visitors were chasing a daunting 220 for victory in the second T20I against New Zealand on Thursday. The Kiwis went on to win the close encounter by only four runs.

Aaron Finch has not scored even a 50 in his last 26 T20 innings, averaging 15.00 with a pitiful strike-rate of 110 over that period. His most recent knocks in the game’s shortest format are 18, 8, 0, 14, 13, 0, 10, 4, 6, 1, and 12.

Aaron Finch, AFP
Aaron Finch, AFP

Mark Waugh: Aaron Finch’s Job Is To Score Runs As There’s A Lot Of Players Who Can Captain Australia

Aaron Finch will be under severe pressure to perform according to expectations in the remaining three matches of the T20I series. Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh explained that although Aaron Finch might be a good captain, the latter’s primary job is to score runs.

There is a lot of players like Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, and Moises Henriques apart from Pat Cummins who can captain the side in place of Aaron Finch whose primary job is to score more runs especially as he is an opener feels Mark Waugh.

“His job is to score runs. It doesn’t matter; there’s a lot of players who can captain. There’s Matthew Wade; there’s Mitch Marsh; there’s Moises Henriques. His primary job is to score runs, particularly when you’re opening.

“That’s a key position in T20 cricket, and we’ve got a lot of good players on the periphery to open. He’ll know it. No batsman is immune from being dropped when you’re not scoring runs. Doesn’t matter if you’re captain or not,” Mark Waugh said on Fox Cricket.

Mark Waugh. (Photo: Twitter/@ICC)
Mark Waugh. (Photo: Twitter/@ICC)

Mark Waugh further added in this regard: “I’m not saying it (Finch getting dropped) will happen, but no one’s irreplaceable. There’s no way the selectors will want to drop him, but his destiny is in his own hands.”

Aaron Finch averages just 15 in his last 26 T20 innings and has a meagre strike rate of 110. The Australian has failed to score even a fifty in the said period. His captaincy hasn’t been too inspiring either, as the Aaron Finch-led Melbourne Renegades finished rock-bottom in the recently-concluded BBL.

Aaron Finch Backed By Marcus Stoinis Who Even Terms His Skipper The Best T20 Batsman Having Good Record

Experts and former cricketers might be raising question marks over Aaron Finch, but Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis backed the opening batsman to find his form. He even branded Australia’s white-ball captain as one of the best T20 batsmen in the world.

“There’s just full confidence that he’s going to perform for us; I just see it as a long-term picture because come the World Cup, we need him firing. He’s arguably the best 20-20 batter in the world over a long period of time. His record so good. He’s our captain. In our heads, we just trust him,” Stoinis said after Australia’s defeat in second T20I against New Zealand.

Marcus Stoinis (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Marcus Stoinis (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Aaron Finch went unsold at the IPL 2021 Auction for his poor form recently. Since the T20I World Cup is all set to take place in India later this year, the Australian selectors will want the 34-year-old to find some form soon.

He managed only 268 runs averaging 22.33 in 12 games in IPL 2020. Aaron Finch though was the leading run-scorer in the ODI series against India, managing 249 runs in 3 ODIs averaging 83. He managed only 35 runs though in the 2 T20Is that followed. Under his captaincy, Australia has won 20 and lost 19 T20Is.  Aaron Finch has scored 2 tons and 12 fifties and averages 36.64 in T20Is.

Martin Guptill gestures to the crowd after being dismissed. En route to his 97, Guptill overtook Rohit Sharma to top the list for most sixes by a batsman in T20Is. - AP
Martin Guptill gestures to the crowd after being dismissed. En route to his 97, Guptill overtook Rohit Sharma to top the list for most sixes by a batsman in T20Is. - AP
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Martin Guptill Breaks Rohit Sharma’s Record Of Most Sixes As He Hit 132 Sixes

Martin Guptill, a New Zealand opening batsman on Thursday broke India opener Rohit Sharma’s record of most sixes in the shortest format of the game when he whacked eight maximums to announce his return to form.

Martin Guptill’s 97-run onslaught against Australia in the 2nd T20I at Dunedin, New Zealand saw him score 132 T20I sixes, five more than Rohit Sharma’s 127.

Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Martin Guptill Hits 8 Sixes To Go Past Rohit Sharma Who Has Hit 127 Sixes In T20Is

Going through a lean patch, Martin Guptill slammed a whirlwind 97 off just 50 balls to steer New Zealand to 219 runs in the allotted 20 overs against Australia in the second T20I. The Kiwi batsman hit eight sixes and six fours during his sensational knock to leapfrog Rohit Sharma’s record of most sixes in T20Is. The batsman now has 132 while Rohit Sharma has 127 sixes under his belt in the shortest format of the game.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma | AFP

England skipper Eoin Morgan (113), New Zealand batsman Colin Munro (107), and West Indies stalwart Chris Gayle (105) are the other three batsmen to have more than 100 sixes in T20Is.

Marcus Stoinis And Daniel Sams Fight In Vain As New Zealand Prevail By 4 Runs

In reply to New Zealand’s mammoth 219, Australia got off to a promising solid start as the visitors smashed 33 runs from the first three overs. But pacer Tim Southee removed opener and keeper, Matthew Wade, in the fourth over to halt Australia’s chase. But the visitors continued to bat without taking risks and seven overs into the chase, Australia was 64/1 before Ish Sodhi dismissed skipper Aaron Finch on the last ball of the eight over.

Aaron Finch’s dismissal triggered a middle-order collapse which saw Australia losing wickets at regular intervals. The visitors were soon found reeling at 113/6 before Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams came out firing on all cylinders.

Marcus Stoinis of Australia bats.
Marcus Stoinis of Australia bats. Source: Getty Images

The duo stitched a 92-run stand for the seventh wicket in just 37 balls but New Zealand held their nerve in the final over to prevail. Marcus Stoinis (78 off 37) and Daniel Sams (41 off 15) combined for a record seventh-wicket T20I partnership of 92 runs.

James Neesham slammed 45 off 16 balls before Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams almost got Australia over the line. James Neesham dismissed both of them in the final over to help New Zealand secure a win in the second T20I and go 2-0 up after winning the first T20I by 53 runs. James Neesham bowled only a solitary over as the likes of Kyle Jamieson and Ish Sodhi were too expensive.

The experienced Martin Guptill’s average wasn’t more than 30 since the England series in November 2019. Against India, West Indies, and Pakistan he accumulated only 185 runs in 11 T20Is.

Aaron Finch, AFP
Aaron Finch, AFP
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Marcus Stoinis Backs Aaron Finch To Find Form

Marcus Stoinis has backed Australian limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch to come good after the latter’s woeful run of form with the bat continued.

The Australian white-ball skipper made a sluggish 14-ball 12 in the second T20I against New Zealand today. Chasing 220 runs for victory, Australia lost the game by 4 runs as Marcus Stoinis’ 78 off 37 balls with 7 fours and 5 sixes went in vain. Daniel Sams too hit 41 off only 15 balls but could not hand Australia a win as New Zealand went 2-0 up.

Marcus Stoinis may miss the second game. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Marcus Stoinis may miss the second game. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Marcus Stoinis: Aaron Finch Arguably Best Batsman Over Long Period Of Time

Despite Aaron Finch’s recent poor outings, Marcus Stoinis branded the Australian captain as one of the best T20 batsmen in the world currently. The Australian all-rounder also said that he is confident about Aaron Finch finding his form soon.

“There’s just full confidence that he’s going to perform for us; I just see it as a long-term picture because come the World Cup, we need him firing. He’s arguably the best 20-20 batter in the world over a long period of time. His record so good. He’s our captain. In our heads, we just trust him,” Stoinis said.

Martin Guptill - GETTY IMAGES
Martin Guptill – GETTY IMAGES

Marcus Stoinis pointed that although his skipper didn’t fare well in IPL 2020, the explosive opener looked in good touch in the limited-overs series against India. Aaron Finch was the leading run-scorer in the ODI series against India, managing 249 runs in 3 ODIs averaging 83. He managed only 35 runs though in the 2 T20Is that followed.

“The same thing happened when he came back from IPL (in 2020), he didn’t have the IPL he wanted, but he made hundred after hundred in the one-dayers. You got to ride out these sort of things … we’ve got his back.” the Australian all-rounder added.

Aaron Finch Had A Poor Big Bash League And Went Unsold In IPL 2021 After Poor IPL 2020

Aaron Finch has played for Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Sahara Pune Warriors, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab and finally Royal Challengers Bangalore. Twitter
Aaron Finch has played for Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Sahara Pune Warriors, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab, and finally Royal Challengers Bangalore. Twitter

The 34-year-old struggled in IPL 2020 too and was subsequently released by Royal Challengers Bangalore. As a result of his poor form, he went unsold at the IPL 2021 Auction. He managed only 268 runs averaging 22.33 in 12 games in IPL 2020.

Aaron Finch became the first player in the history of the Indian Premier League to play for eight franchises. He has been a regular in the IPL ever since its inception in 2008 and he has featured prominently for teams who have featured in the tournament as well as those that are now defunct. The 33-year-old has played only five Tests in his career while he has featured in 126 ODIs and 61 T20Is.

Aaron Finch’s most recent knocks in the game’s shortest format are 18, 8, 0, 14, 13, 0, 10, 4, 6, 1, and 12. Aaron Finch has not reached 50 in his last 26 T20 innings, averaging 15.00 with a pitiful strike-rate of 110 over that period. With the presence of opening batsmen available in Australia’s T20 squad including D’Arcy Short, Josh Philippe, and Marcus Stoinis, it seems the only thing keeping Aaron Finch in the starting XI is loyalty and reputation.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Injured Marcus Stoinis Doubtful For Second ODI
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Injured Marcus Stoinis Doubtful For Second ODI

Australia’s premier fast-bowling allrounder Marcus Stoinis has picked up a side injury during the first ODI against India on Friday (November 27). He is likely to miss the second ODI which is due to be played on Sunday (November 30) as Australia will take a precautionary measure.

After bowling the second ball of his seventh over, Stoinis left the field as he started limping and looked in pain. Following this, he didn’t return back to the field.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Injured Marcus Stoinis Doubtful For Second ODI 1
Image Credit: Getty Images.

According to ESPNCricinfo, Stoinis is set to have a scan on Friday night. As the gap between the two matches is less, the fast bowling all-rounder is expected to be rested. His absence will be an advantage for India because he was bowling gas during the first ODI.

In his 6.2 overs, Marcus Stoinis gave away only 25 runs, registering the staggering economic rate of 3.90, although he could not pick a wicket. However, his absence didn’t harm the team as Adam Zampa took Australia to victory while defending 375 runs. The spinner picked up two crucial wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya to seal the deal. Overall, he notched four wickets and conceded 54 runs in his 10 overs quota.

Who can replace Marcus Stoinis?

Australia vs India 2020-21: Injured Marcus Stoinis Doubtful For Second ODI
Marcus Stoinis. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Australian has quite many young options, who can replace Marcus Stoinis. Cameron Green, who has made headlines for his Sheffield Shield stint, can get the chance to play maiden ODI.

Another option Australia have in their squad is Moises Henriques, who was recalled for the first time since 2017 and is also a like-for-like replacement for Stoinis. Sean Abbott is also a good bowling allrounder option or Ashton Agar which would provide another frontline spinner.

Meanwhile, Australia has started the tour on a good note as they defeated India by 66 runs in the first ODI. The visiting nation leaked too many runs and was also lax while fielding.

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis
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Marcus Stoinis Playing 5 Times Better Than Past Year: Ricky Ponting

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.

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

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.”

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. Image Credit: Getty Images.

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.”

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis (Image Credit: Google)

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.

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Aakash Chopra Picks 5 Players That Delhi Should Retain For IPL 2021

Aakash Chopra, former Indian opener turned commentator has picked five players the Delhi Capitals should retain for IPL 2021 if there is a mega-auction before the tournament.

He shared these names while talking about the road ahead for the Delhi-based franchise in a video shared on his YouTube channel.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Facebook)

Aakash Chopra: Delhi Capitals Success Shows Acquisition Of Good Players Is Half The Job Done

Aakash Chopra started by pointing out that the Delhi Capitals have shown that a good auction is the main ingredient of a successful IPL team with their brilliant acquisitions last time around.

“The Delhi Capitals’ success shows that the acquisition of good players is half the job done. Here the story is that everything is good and if you break anything it will be wrong only, it cannot be good.”

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The renowned commentator observed that the youthful team the Delhi Capitals assembled at the last auction is now an experienced unit and that a mega-auction might result in them losing some of their key players.

“But that’s the story of this team, it was a young team three years ago but is now an experienced team after three years. When you shake up an experienced team, somewhere or the other the things will become less.”

Delhi Capitals went into the auction and retained 14 players and bought 8 players in the IPL Auction 2020. Their best purchases were Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis while Anrich Nortje and Daniel Sams came as replacements. Skipper Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada, Axar Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw and a few others are below 30 years of age.

Aakash Chopra’s Take On Players Delhi Capitals Should Retain For IPL 2021

Aakash Chopra posed a question to himself about the five players the Delhi Capitals could look to retain for IPL 2021 based on their brilliant performance in recently concluded IPL 2020 where they stormed into the maiden final

“If they have to retain 5 players, 3 Indians and 2 overseas, they don’t have an uncapped player whom they will think of retaining.”

The 43-year-old commentator picked Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant as the three Indian players that the Delhi Capitals might look to retain, even though the latter who is a dashing wicketkeeper-batsman did not have a great IPL 2020.

“I would say Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant as the three Indians although Rishabh Pant did not have a good year but I will definitely retain him and I am pretty sure that the Delhi Capitals will also do that.”

Marcus Stoinis & Kagiso Rabada
Marcus Stoinis & Kagiso Rabada-Image credits: First post

Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada got the former KKR player’s vote as the two overseas professionals the Delhi Capitals could retain, with the former just edging out Anrich Nortje on a probable toss-up.

“If I have to retain two overseas players, I will be keen to retain Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada. There could be a toss-up between Marcus Stoinis and Anrich Nortje but I will go with Marcus and try to buy back Nortje in the auction.”

Aakash Chopra concluded by observing that the Delhi Capitals might have to let go of some of their other key players and try to get a few of them back at the IPL 2021 auction with Right To Match card.

“The others will have to go. They will be a little sad about players like Prithvi Shaw, Ashwin and Axar Patel as they are two or three players they may want to keep in the team but I don’t think it will be possible to keep all of them,” Aakash Chopra added.

The top 2 teams of IPL 2020-Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals are the two teams that are likely to be adversely affected if there happens to be a mega-auction before IPL 2021 since they are likely to lose some of the key players from their already suitable combination, while the other outfits expected to have larger remaining purses.

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