“Don’t worry about Virat; he’s up for every single game that he’s playing” – Marcus Stoinis


India are all set to take on Australia in the upcoming series of three ODIS, as many T20Is and four Tests as well. However, India captain Virat Kohli will only play the limited-overs series and the first Test. He will return to India as his paternity leave has been granted by the BCCI. He is going to be a father soon of his first child with his wife Anushka Sharma in January.


However, Marcus Stoinis said that certainly wouldn’t affect Kohli’s aggression as he is ready for every challenge. “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),” he added.

Stoinis, who has a successful stint with the Delhi Capitals under coach Ricky Ponting in the recently-concluded IPL 2020, hopes to replicate his form with both the bat and ball. Notably, Ponting is now in Australia’s camp assisting Justin Langer as well. He scored 352 runs at a strike rate of 148 and picked up 13 wickets also.

“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 shared of the former Australia captain. “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,” he further added.

Meanwhile, he said that Ponting has supported him a lot. As Steve Smith was not a part of Australia’s last ODI series in England, Marcus Stoinis batted at three that helped him a lot too. He also shared that he is happy to be involved in any position – be it top or middle. The series will begin from November 27.

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