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Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has made a name for himself as one of the best finishers to play for his country in shorter formats of the game.
Recently, the 32-year-old revealed an interesting conversation he had with Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the Indian Premier League season, which made him feel praised and a little bit insulted at the same time.
“He was actually very honest with me. He understood me very well and he sort of said how they (CSK) would try to bowl to me and how he tried to set the fields for me. [It] was both a compliment but also a little dig where I have to figure out which way to take it and I’m taking it as a compliment (laughs),” Stoinis said in a conversation with The Grade Cricketer’s YouTube channel.
“It was very interesting he did say that it’s very obvious how some people want to take some responsibility and stay until the end, whereas some people are willing to take the risk early to, sort of, either try and get ahead of the game or walk off and he identifies that within the team,” Stoinis added.
Both Dhoni and Stoinis have been well-seasoned when it comes to the Indian T20 league. However, the Australian is still looking for his first title while having played for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings).
On the other hand, Dhoni, who has been the captain of the Chennai Super Kings from the very first season of the tournament, recently bagged his fourth championship with the franchise.
“We spoke about training, we spoke about his belief on ‘Work on your weakness as long as it’s not taking anything away from your strength’. So he spoke about how a lot of coaches will ask you to work on things and you might work on the short ball and then you start missing the full ball… which was a really, really nice filter for me for training,” the all-rounder added.
India and Australia clashed in a warm-up match ahead of their T20 World Cup campaign which the Men in Blue won by 8 wickets and 13 balls to spare.
While Dhoni was present by the Indian squad as their mentor, Stoinis had himself a decent innings in which he remained unbeaten at 41 runs off 25 balls.