Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has named teammate Steve Smith as someone who is infatuated with the game. As per Stoinis, Smith wants to keep getting better, which is why he has been so consistent with the bat as well. Smith, who started his international career as a leg-spinner, has played in 102 Tests, 142 ODIs, and 63 T20Is, scoring over 15000 runs across formats with the aid of 44 centuries and 72 fifties as well. He will be one of the key players in Australia’s squad during their 2023 World Cup campaign in India as well.
In an interview on Revsportz, Stoinis said: “[He is] very similar to Virat [Kohli] in terms of bringing the best version of himself to each contest. You have heard the stories of him not sleeping. He’s just infatuated with the game; he’s infatuated with getting better, with improving his concentration. He’s a true professional and I am excited he’s in this upcoming tournament. He’s going to be opening the batting T20 cricket as well. I think this new, aggressive Steven Smith in white ball cricket, he’s improving every series. I am excited to watch him and come this World Cup, I think, as we all expect, he’s going to be a dominant player.”
However, Steve Smith was recently seen in Ashes 2023. He was the fifth-leading run-scorer in the Test series, with 373 runs in five matches which came at an average of 37.30, smashing one hundred and two half-centuries. Having played 60 ODIs and 51 T20Is, Stoinis himself is one of the senior members of the Australian squad as well.
“I am at a stage of my career where the expectation of pressure is more excitement to me now. I look forward to the World Cups and the IPL every year. It’s because of that pressure and what that brings out of me – the chance and that opportunity to do something great to help your team win a tournament, stand up in big moments. That’s really where my mindset is at the moment,” Marcus Stoinis concluded.