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Special preparation for Virat Kohli, no tension needed: Marcus Stoinis

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Australia’s all-rounder Marcus Stoinis said that Virat Kohli gives his 100 per cent on the field every time and his team is preparing in the same manner to deal with the challenge of the Indian captain. Kohli will however return to India on paternity leave after six limited-overs matches and the opening Test match to be played in Adelaide.

Stoynis said, ‘Don’t worry about Virat. He gives his everything in every match. There will probably be additional motivation, but I don’t think there is any additional motivation beyond 110 percent. ‘ He said, ‘Let’s see. I am sure he (Kohli) will be ready to go (India). He is going home for the birth of his child, which in my opinion is the right decision. So I am sure he will be extra inspired. ‘

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Stoynis said that coach Justin Langer and his team would have full strategy to counter the Indian captain, one of the best batsmen of white ball cricket. He said, ‘Certainly we are aware of our strategies. We have worked on such a scheme in the past, and many times the plan was not successful and he managed to score runs.

The all-rounder, who took 13 wickets in the Indian Premier League last season with 352 runs, said he would like to repeat this performance in the limited-overs series against India starting on 27 November. He said, “Hopefully I will keep that (IPL) rhythm, things have not changed much.” The Delhi Capitals player said that having Ricky Ponting in his IPL team as a coach was beneficial.

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