The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been the perfect platform for domestic and international cricketers to exercise their skills and rub their shoulders amongst the best in the business, in order to make a mark of their own when it comes to making runs or taking wickets for their very own nation.
Australian all rounder, Marcus Stoinis is one of the familiar names who has displayed gratitude towards the cash rich league which has played a significant role In turning around his cricketing career, as Stoinis gets set for yet another season of the IPL, but this time for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
“AB and Virat will be the two I’ll be spending my time with and getting as much gold as I can from them in terms of knowledge. AB’s stats might not have been as good in terms of averages, but the way he took the game forward, his innovations, all those things, they can’t be measured on an Excel spreadsheet,” Stoinis was quoted saying.
“For me, the IPL has literally been career changing. I first went there to Delhi about four years ago, I had Gary Kirsten as a coach, I played with guys like Quinton de Kock and Yuvraj Singh. I remember having a beer with AB de Villiers after we played Bangalore. I was about 24 or 25 at the time and AB was at his absolute peak and someone who I think is the best cricketer. In my eyes, it’s him and Jacques Kallis,” the 29-year-old added.
With the IPL being the fulcrum of adding further popularity to franchise cricket, the twelfth edition of the high profile league is just days away from commencement, with the tournament scheduled to kick off on March 23.
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