Delhi Capital (DC), qualified for the first time in its 13-year-long history in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final on Sunday, 8 November. Shreyas Iyer and co created history by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 17 runs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. One of the main reasons behind DC’s dominance in the match was Australia’s Marcus Stoinis.
He has filled a truckload of success making his batting debut for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League (BBL) over the years. This time, he opened the batting for DC and paid dividends as he scored 38 runs in 27 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Along with Shikhar Dhawan, he set the stage for a blistering finish. That he played at a strike-rate of 140.74 showed his power.
Rashid Khan accelerated his woodwork to stay low in the ninth over. When the Sunrisers were chasing 190 runs in 20 overs, Stoinis had not taken three crucial wickets. In his very first over, he got rid of Priyam Garg and Manish Pandey, who stacked the two together to increase the scoring rate. A double strike in the fifth over put the Orange Army on 44 for three in five overs.
Then he took a crucial wicket in the 17th over. Kane williamson, Who scored 67 runs off 45 balls. He finished with a spell of 3–0–26–3. It did not surprise him that he was adjudged Player of the Match for his all-round performance with bat and ball. In addition to his performance on the field, the 31-year-old also grabbed headlines when he was seen, a toy figure of Hulk.
The reason behind carrying the statue of Marcus Stoinis
Stoinis also took it to the post-match presentation ceremony. The man from Perth sees Hulk as an inspiration. The Hulk – a character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, is a superhero in Marvel Comics. Hulk is played by Bruce Banner, a theoretical physicist.
Marcus Stoinis likes to celebrate like a Hulk after taking wickets while flexing his muscles. In Qualifier 2, the right-hander actually performed like a hulk-show and helped his team to a great fight Mumbai Indians (MI) on Tuesday. In IPL 2020, Marcus scored 352 runs with 12 wickets.