Cricket news - Ponting wants to give me extra responsibility but I've to be adaptable: Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis was one of the cornerstones of Delhi Capitals' impressive run to the recently-concluded IPL final,

Marcus Stoinis was one of the cornerstones of Delhi Capitals' impressive run to the recently-concluded IPL final,

Marcus Stoinis heaped praises on Delhi Capitals' coach Ricky Ponting for backing him and giving more responsibility during the course of IPL 2020. Stoinis, who began the season by playing as a floater in the T20I series versus England, continued to play at different positions in the recently-concluded IPL with Ponting at the helm of affairs in Delhi Capitals.

Initially, the all-rounder played in the middle order but for the Qualifier 2 game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he batted at the top of the order and made an impact with a brisk hand of 38. He was one of the cornerstones of Capitals' impressive run to the final, ending up with 352 runs and 13 wickets, and will again link up with Ponting for the upcoming limited overs series versus India as he is a part of Australia's coaching staff.

"Punter is (Ponting) a big believer in me and wants to give me responsibility in the teams that he's been in charge of, but I've got to be adaptable," Stoinis told reporters on Saturday. "I`m just happy to be involved wherever they feel I can have my biggest impact in the game. Whether that`s at the top or the middle... and I`ve had these conversations with Ricky and said 'just let me know and I`ll put the pads on'.

"I'm a massive fan of his; he's mentored me, he's a good man, means a lot to me and his help was vital. He's so generous with his time; throwing balls from the start of session until the end, then probably has a few anti-inflammatories and goes to bed for the rest of the day. The confidence he instils, the way he teaches you, he's as good as you'll get. I don't think he's in the business of changing careers but like all those good coaches you don't really know you're being coached until you look back and realise (what he did was) bloody important.

India will start their tour by playing limited overs matches against Australia before the four-match Test series begins on December 17 in Adelaide. However, Virat Kohli, India's skipper, will return home after the opening Test to attend the birth of his child. Stoinis, on his part, said that Kohli doesn't need any extra motivation and 'he will be up for every game' that he would play. He also backed Kohli's decision to take paternity leave.

"Don't worry about Virat, he's up for every single game that he's playing," he said. "Yeah, maybe there will be extra motivation, but I don't think there's any extra motivation than 110%. So let's see. I am sure he will be ready to go. He is getting home for the birth of his kid, which is the right decision in my opinion. So I am sure he will be extra motivated.

"We've definitely got our strategies, we've had things that have worked in the past, and at other times the same plans haven't worked and he's made some runs. Obviously, he is a great player, and to all these good players, you do what you want to do, you have your plans, and on the day, you get extra competitive and you hope it all falls in your side of the court."