Marcus Stoinis vs India

Marcus Stoinis has scored 92 runs and taken 2 wickets in the first three of the ongoing five-ODI series between India and Australia. His two unbeaten knocks have shot up his average to 95 in his 6-ODI career. However, it was his brilliant show of character under pressure that has impressed all and sundry. His 62 not out at Kolkata would have bailed his team out, but the all-rounder ran out of partners.

India have already sealed the series 3-0, but Stoinis wants to make the most of this tough tour to the subcontinent. There’s two games left in this series and it’s a chance to start some momentum for the summer. All the focus is on that for the team, Stoinis said ahead of the Bengaluru encounter.

With Ashes 2017-18 less than two months away, Stoinis says that his focus is on the task on his hand and that the series against England is far-fetched. Obviously (those games) are probably pretty important to play the Ashes. But at the moment I’m not really thinking about that.

Stoinis, of all the Australians, has performed better under pressure, and he seems to like it. The only way I can answer is (to say) I’m enjoying the pressure. I’m enjoying the opportunities and I’m seeing them as opportunities. I’m obviously still young in my international career and I think that’s where my head is at the moment.

“The pressure can definitely get to you, but at the moment the way I’m going about it I’m enjoying the chance to be put under pressure and the chance to do something good for the team.

“There’s always people on every single tour who are unlucky not to be involved and there’s only 11 players playing at a time. We all understand when you miss out, it’s very tough. But also, when you get your opportunity to represent your country, it’s an absolute honour.”