Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis said Indian skipper Virat Kohli will be “extra motivated” for a shortened tour Down Under, as the batsman is always willing to give his “110 percent” in every game he plays. Kohli will return after the first Test in Adelaide after BCCI has granted him paternity leave. India and Australia will first match horns in ODIs and T20Is and then both sides will turn their attention to the longest format in the game. “Don’t worry about Virat, he’s ready for every game he plays. Yes, maybe there will be extra motivation, but I don’t think there is any extra motivation beyond 110%. So let’s see. I’m sure that He will. Be ready to go. He’s coming home for the birth of his child, which I think is the right decision. So I’m sure he’ll be extra motivated, “ESPNcricinfo quoted Stoinis.
According to the all-rounder, the hosts are all set with their strategies for taking on the Indian team.
“We definitely have our strategies, we’ve had things that have worked in the past, and at other times the same plans have not worked and he has made a few runs. Obviously he is a great player, and for all this good players, you do what you want, you have your plans, and one day you become extra competitive and you hope it all falls in your side of the field, ”said Stoinis.
Stoinis is heading for the ODI series at the back of his performance, which led their Delhi Capitals to the Indian Premier League final. He played 17 games, scoring 352 points with a success rate of 148.52 and also impressed with the ball by scalping 13 wickets.
“I will hopefully continue to bring that form into the summer, but there’s nothing really different (which I did). The break was great – as bad as it was with Covid – it was nice coming back in pretty fresh. all these competitions. I feel like things were going well in England before I also took the lead, so hopefully the results will keep coming my way, ”he said.
“But it also helped that we had a good team, we had a great team; I was lucky to be on the same team as Ricky Ponting, who was our coach,” added Stoinis.
The first ODI of the three-game series will be played at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 27.
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