Batting legend Ricky Ponting believes all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is playing “five times better” than he was a year ago and could play “multiple roles” for Australian cricket, including the job of a finisher. Stoinis scored 352 runs and took 13 wickets to play a big role in the Delhi Capital, coached by Ponting, who recently reached the final of the IPL in the UAE. He is in Australia’s ODI and T20I squad for the series against India starting on Friday.
Ponting said that it was Alex Carey who told him about Stoinis’ incredible change during the IPL.
He said, “From the moment he came directly from England in the IPL, he was very keen to show me improvement. And before that some net sessions, I could tell then, “Ponting said cricket.com. U.
“Having spent a good amount of time with him over the years, what I saw from him in the IPL tells me that he is five times better player than he was 12 months ago.”
Stoinis, 31, was dropped from Australia’s T20 squad after a disappointing 50-over World Cup last year. But, he made a successful comeback riding his incredible performance for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, where he scored 705 runs in a single season and also notched out the tournament’s highest individual score of 147 runs.
Ponting said that Stoinis has proved himself as a finisher but believes he should open the innings.
He said, ‘I think Delhi has a future for him or whoever he plays in T20 cricket will be at the top of the order. I think he can (finishing role). I think he is proving that he can now do many different roles, ”Ponting said.
“And I think the more responsibility he gets in the white ball team, the better it will be. We’ll see what will happen in the next few weeks (against India), but if he gets a good chance at it, I will Seems he will impress everyone.
“The way he’s thinking about the game, with a little experience and being in constant contact with the Australians, I don’t think it really matters where he plays.”
Ponting said that Stoinis “looks a lot more positive and aggressive against spin bowling” than in the past.
“He’s worked very hard on his game against spin bowling and it’s one of the things that slows him down a bit (in the past),” he said. When he had to go out and start against the quality spin, he did not have the option to rotate the strike as much as he would like, ”the former Australia captain said.
Australia’s two-time World Cup-winning captain Ponting feels that Stoinis interacted well with the spinners in the IPL to focus on making a good start to his innings.
He said, ‘Even the world’s best spinners were trying to tie him in the IPL, but he could not do it. In the T20s, he tries to go out and hits a four off the first ball. And he is starting to prove himself, he knows within himself, that he can now do it against the world’s best fast bowlers and spinners.
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