While Virat Kohli is expected to return from Australia after the first of four tests, versatile Marcus Stoinis reckons the Indian captain will be no less 110% motivated while he is there. India face Australia in three ODIs and three T20Is, before starting their defense of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which they retained with a 2-1 victory in 2018/19.
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In the seven matches he will play, Stoinis, supporting Kohli’s decision to return to his wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of the couple’s first child, expects the Indian skipper to take to the ground.
“Don’t worry about Virat, he’s ready for every game he plays. Yeah, maybe there will be extra motivation, but I don’t think there is 110% extra motivation. So let’s see. I’m sure he’ll be ready to go. He is coming home for the birth of his child, which in my opinion is the right decision. So I’m sure he’ll be very motivated, ”Stoinis said in a press interaction.
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Stoinis embarks on the limited series on the back of a good 2020 IPL, where he scored 352 points and took 13 wickets, playing a crucial role in the Delhi Capitals’ road to the final. The all-rounder is hoping Australia can get Kohli without the Indian captain dealing a lot of damage. Kohli hit a century the last time India played an ODI series in Australia, helping the team to a 2-1 triumph and Stoinis is hopeful his team can prevent something similar from happening.
“We definitely have our strategies, we’ve had things that have worked in the past, and at other times the same plans haven’t worked and he’s done a few races. Obviously he’s a great player, and for all those great players, you do what you want to do, you have your plans, and the same day you become more competitive and you hope that everything falls on your side of the ground. Stoinis explained.