IPL 2023: AB De Villiers Lauds LSG All-Rounder Marcus Stoinis For His Match-Winning Knock Against MI

In his match against MI, Stoinis scored 89* runs off 47 deliveries. At the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, where they were playing the Mumbai Indians, the Krunal Pandya-led team was under a lot of pressure as the batters were finding it difficult to get going in the middle.

The 33-year-old drastically altered the game's course throughout his innings, scoring four boundaries and eight sixes. Lucknow went on to win the game by five runs, advancing them closer to claiming a spot in the IPL playoffs.

In the meantime, former South Africa captain AB de Villiers praised batsman Stoinis for his outstanding performance and said it's 'priceless' to have someone seated in the middle at the long end.

LSG climbs to third place on the points chart

LSG has climbed to third place on the IPL points table while MI has dropped to fourth after securing a crucial victory. The team lead by Rohit Sharma will now need to defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final game, and they must also keep a watch on Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings because all three of them have a chance to finish with 16 points.

While Lucknow has displayed some excellent cricket in the ongoing IPL 2023, they have not yet clinched a spot in the top four. With 15 points already under their belt, they are on the verge of securing a playoff spot, though.

LSG was able to score a difficult total of 177 for 3 in their allotted 20 overs because of Stoinis' blazing innings. In retaliation, MI got off to a quick start with their captain Rohit Sharma and first wicket partner Ishan Kishan putting together a strong 90-run partnership in less than ten overs. The Mumbai franchise lost five wickets for 55 runs after Rohit was dismissed for 37 off 25 balls.

Despite all-rounder Tim David's quickfire 32 off 19 balls, which included three sixes, and his efforts to keep his team in the chase, they fell short of the goal. The LSG bowler Mohsin Khan was instrumental in his team's triumph by holding the opposition to ten runs and allowing only five runs in the final over.

Former South Africa international AB de Villiers used the microblogging platform Twitter to freely praise Stoinis after witnessing LSG win by a slim margin of 45 runs in the end.

Profile of Marcus Stoinis (Australia)

Marcus Stoinis is a right-handed right-arm medium-pace bowler from Australia who also bats right-handed. The Australian team that competed in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup included Stoinis.

In January 2009, Stoinis, just 19 years old, made his Western Australia debut.He made the decision to relocate to Victoria for the 2012–13 season because he was unable to become a consistent starter in the starting eleven.

On the recommendation of his former teammate Theo Doropoulos, he decided to play in the Victorian Premier Cricket league with the Northcote Cricket Club. As Stoinis saw incredible success at Northcote, things soon began to shift for him. In 2013–14, he scored four epic centuries, averaging a whopping 100 runs per game.

Stoinis will compete in his first tournament on the largest platform in the 2019 World Cup. He will be a crucial asset for Australia on England's flat, high-scoring fields because of his diverse skill set and big-hitting prowess. 

Even when batting towards the very end, Stoinis has a propensity to take a little bit of time early on. However, this seems to be a confidence issue that should be resolved with more game time and consistency.

Which nation's Marcus Stoinis plays cricket for?
Marcus Stoinis plays for Australia.
Which Indian domestic side does Marcus Stoinis play for in the IPL?
Marcus Stoinis plays for the LSG (Lucknow SuperGiants) from the Indian domestic side.