Some are blessed with a brawny batting technique, some possess amazing bowling skills. Only a few have a blazing cricket skill that makes them the superior. Yes, we are talking about All-rounders, verticals of the gentlemen’s game. An all-rounder isn’t just a role but he is someone who provides the much-needed balance to a team. Every successful team features some of the best all-rounders who can turn the game on their own.
We have already seen some masters of the all-round skill. Be it Sir Garfield Sobers, the modish Imran Khan, or the legendary Kapil Dev, all of them have given new heights to the game and won world tournaments for their respective teams.
Modern cricket too has its own heroes who are no less than the old school legends. From Ben Stokes to Shakib, every nation has its own talisman that needs no introduction. They have won numerous matches for their teams and proved their significance in the fast evolving game of cricket.
One name that goes unnoticed often is the man with long levers, Marcus Stoinis. Stoinis stamped his authority in international cricket when he made 146* against New Zealand where others struggled miserably. He also took 3 important wickets in that match and almost single-handedly won the match for Australia.
A right-handed batsman who generally bats down the order to play the role of a finisher bowls a fine medium pace. He is known for taking the pace out of the ball and making it difficult for a batsmen to hit boundaries using the pace of the bowler. He holds a strong batting technique and capable of clearing long fences quite easily. A jolly character, on and off the field, is always seen putting his best effort to make the team victorious. With the kind of cricket being played today, Stoinis is definitely a matchless asset for any team he plays for.
With less than 6 months for the Grand event to take place, almost every team has made a settled line up. But when t comes to the world champions, they seem to be clueless. Both of their pillars got banned last year and it will be an onerous task for them to find the lost touch. In recent times, starc has looked tedious. Finch is busy in getting out in a single way over and over. Khwaja, Head, and Maxwell recently showed some promising starts, but they failed to capitalize on them. Australia looks like the most tangled side right now.
But as they say, there’s a hope waiting for you in dark, Marcus Stoinis is the one who has emerged out as the standout performer in last 2 years. He is among the runs, along with a quality wicket taking medium pace bowling.
Marcus Stoinis has already played various roles in a short span of cricket career. He has held the innings in the middle order, provided some excellent finishes for his side. And surprisingly he has started opening for Melbourne Stars in the ongoing BBL. It won’t be wrong to say that he is a complete package.
It will be interesting to see what role he will be offered when the big guns will return into the side. It may be too early to predict, but Marcus Stoinis can be the conqueror for the Aussies if they fancy lifting the cup.