Stoinis is ‘five times better player’ than he was 12 months ago: Ricky Ponting

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 11/24/2020 12:00:12 PM

New Delhi, Nov 23 One of the things that Delhi Capitals struggled to figure out during the IPL 2020 campaign is where to play the Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. A power-packed top order consisting of players such as Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant, meant that the Aussie was tried out in the middle-order, and more often than not, he showed the class that he belongs to. Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting knows a fair bit about Stoinis. Besides coaching him at the IPL franchise, he was also the coach of Australia in the ICC ODI World Cup of 2019, and Stoinis was in the squad. But the Stoinis that we got to see at the World Cup, where a side injury and a loss of form took over him, was not half the player that he is now. In fact, going by Ponting’s words Stoinis right now is ‘five times better player’ than he was 12 months ago. "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 was quoted as saying by "Having spent a fair bit of time with him over the past couple of years, what I saw from him at the IPL.


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