Marcus Stoinis, who has been a key part of the Capitals outfit since last season, pulled out after bowling his seventh delivery. He limped off the field holding his leg and took no further part in the contest, which the Capitals later went on to win by 8 wickets and consequently climbed to the top of the table.
Initially, Delhi had said the all-rounder suffered a calf injury but cricket.com.au reported it was a left hamstring strain. The hamstring issue is thought to be a minor one, with the allrounder expected to go in for scans within the next 24 hours.
Last season, the Australian scored 352 runs and picked 13 wickets in Delhi’s run to the final; he has scored 71 runs this season at a strike rate of 144.90.
Rishabh Pant’s side will next face the Rajasthan Royals on Saturday afternoon in Abu Dhabi.
Over the next three years, I want to be the best finisher in the world: Marcus Stoinis
Ahead of the start of the second half of the IPL 2021, Marcus Stoinis talked about his ambition of becoming the best finisher in the world in the coming years. He has, so far, played different roles in the shortest format. He has been a successful opener for Melbourne Stars but bats in the lower-middle order for Australia and the Capitals.
The 32-year-old reckons he has got a brilliant opportunity to strengthen his name as a finisher in the coming months in the UAE in the IPL and then during the T20 World Cup.
“My next phase, the way I see it, over the next three years I want to be not only the best finisher in Australia, I want to be the best finisher in the world,” Marcus Stoinis told ESPNcricinfo
“So that’s what I’ve spent my time thinking about and preparing myself for. I’ve got a great opportunity to do it with Delhi under Punter [coach Ricky Ponting], and a great opportunity in this World Cup,” he added.
He has so far played 162 T20 matches, in which he averages 32 with the bat while striking at 133. Australia have struggled for a lower-order finisher in recent times in the shortest format. Marcus Stoinis wishes to be that batsman to fulfil that position and deliver Australia their maiden T20 World title.