Stoinis has scored one half-century in IPL 2016 © AFP
Stoinis has scored one half-century in IPL 2016 © AFP

Kings XI Punjab all-rounder Marcus Stoinis admits he is enjoying his opportunity at IPL 2016, despite his side struggling. With fellow international players struggling with form, Stoinis was given his opportunity in the middle. And he has managed to make the most of it, scoring 146 runs and scalping 4 wickets from his five games, which has enabled him to be selected regularly. His team though, haven’t been on a similar form, having lost 7 games from 10, leaving them rooted at the bottom of the IPL standings. KXIP lost their last fixture against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 1-run, a game in which Murali Vijay’s 89 and Stoinis’ unbeaten 34 going in vain. FULL SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016, Match 39 at Mohali

Speaking after the game, Stoinis said he is enjoying his time at the middle, though knowing the margin of error is small. “I’m enjoying every opportunity because you’ve got to adapt to succeed at this game at a high level. So my game has changed a little bit. Also just being tested mentally every game, every situation is a good test. I think the key is consistent development and just improving all time and it feels like it’s getting there. I think from being put in these sort of situations, you’re forced to adapt or you get kicked out pretty quickly,” he said.

He also conveyed his thanks to skipper Murali Vijay for having trust in him. “Personally, it’s a great opportunity for me to be here. And I’m relishing every opportunity I’m getting. I’ve got full backing from the skipper. He’s thrown me the ball a lot, he’s put me in prime positions with the bat. So really, you want to deliver for them and do the right thing.”

With so many fellow international players and senior figures around, Stoinis’ believes he has a learnt a lot from them. “I was here last year with Delhi, I’ve played a few Australia A games as well. But this is the first time I’ve been here for an extended period. The pressure might be a bit different compared to the Big Bash (League), but the game’s very similar. I think the key is to talk to the experienced players around you. We’ve got Virender Sehwag, and Vijay as captain and some great experienced bowlers as well. The key for me is just to talk to those guys, try and use those tips in your training and then put it into the game”