Lucknow Super Giants dominated Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Friday, led by KL Rahul. Marcus Stoinis proved to be the star player of the game, scoring an impressive 72 off just 40 balls. He hit six fours and five sixes while partnering with Ayush Badoni and Nicholas Pooran to achieve a second-highest score in IPL history.
LSG looked poised to score more than 275 runs, but a couple of quick wickets slowed their momentum, and they finished with a total of 257/5 in 20 overs.
Brett Lee, an Australian cricket legend, expressed his admiration for Stoinis’ performance and made a bold prediction.
On Jio Cinema, the former Australian fast bowler spoke highly of a player, describing him as a potential captain with a brilliant cricketing mind. The player impressed with his all-round skills, including an exceptional throwing arm, catching abilities, and proficient batting and bowling.
“He is a captain in the making. He has got a great cricket brain. Look how relaxed he is around the team,” said Brett Lee.
The player’s performance was particularly remarkable in a game where the team had to adjust from a difficult wicket to one where the ball bounced favorably. The ex-bowler described the player as a “freak” and a complete package, showcasing his exceptional abilities in the game.
During the game, Marcus Stoinis hit his highest score for LSG, achieving an impressive 72 runs off just 40 balls. Along with Stoinis, Kyle Mayers also put up a great performance, scoring 54 runs off just 24 balls.
Later in the innings, Nicholas Pooran, the dynamic wicketkeeper-batsman, smashed 45 runs off just 19 balls to add to the total. Ayush Badoni played an essential role in the middle overs, scoring 43 runs off 24 balls, which helped the visitors reach a formidable total.