Every World Cup bound player is approaching the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with one eye on the upcoming 2019 World Cup scheduled to start from May 30 in England and Wales. IPL offers a great competitive and focussed environment, which is also the best preparation before a big tournament such as the 50-overs World Cup. Australia’s premier all-rounder Marcus Stoinis also reckons that there isn’t any better way to prepare for the 2019 World Cup than playing the IPL.
They got a bit jealous
During a recent interview, Marcus Stoinis who is playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2019 revealed his opinion on his RCB skipper Virat Kohli’s comment about him. Kohli recently mentioned that if he had to single out one player from the Australian World Cup team who is a big threat and can be an impact performer for the defending champions is Stoinis. However, the all-rounder noted that his fellow teammates, Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins never liked him being referred as the biggest threat.
"We obviously expect a stiff competition overall from the Australian team but if I had to single out one player that can make more impact that would be Marcus Stoinis. He's come around really well during the BBL and he's making standout performances on a consistent basis. You can see he's grown in confidence and he's definitely going to be a very important player for them," quoted Virat Kohli.
"Yeah, I think the likes of Nathan Lyon and Patty (Cummins) didn't like that I was the biggest threat. I think they got a bit jealous," said Marcus Stoinis.
There is pressure and external factors
Stoinis noted that with the pressure, packed stadiums and all the external factors around, IPL is by far the best preparation before the World Cup. Stoinis’ IPL team, RCB may be out the reckoning to qualify for the playoffs but he is scheduled to play a couple of games before travelling back to attend Australia’s World Cup camp.
"I don't think there is any better preparation than playing the IPL, in front of these crowds, with all the pressure and all the external factors that go on," Stoinis added.
RCB finally came back to winning ways in the last two matches against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Although Stoinis hasn’t contributed much with the bat or with the ball this season, but his inclusion has surely bolstered the struggling RCB middle-order.
"As we started winning games and as people have started stepping up, the two big guys - AB and Virat - don't have to do it all by themselves. That'll give them some confidence as well," the RCB all-rounder concluded.