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BBL 2018-19: Marcus Stoinis laughs off Kane Richardson’s imitation of The Hulk celebration

Marcus Stoinis was in the thick of things in the Melbourne derby of Big Bash League 2018-19 at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. Playing for the Melbourne Stars on Saturday, the Australia all-rounder picked up three wickets and then smashed a 65-ball 70 to help his team move from the last spot to fifth on the table.

Stoinis had starred with both the bat and the ball in the three-match ODI series against India. He scored 86 runs, including a match-winning 47 in Sydney, and picked up four wickets even as Australia ended up losing their first bilateral series against India at home.

After featuring in the third ODI against India in Melbourne on Friday, Stoinis returned to BBL action the following day and came up with an all-round effort for the Stars against the Melbourne Renegades.

Stoinis had become a rage on social media during the ODI series with his “Hulk” celebrations. The all-rounder celebrated his wickets against India by flexing his biceps in a bid to imitate the Marvel character.

Kane Richardson got me by surprise: Stoinis

And when Melbourne Renegades pacer Kane Richardson tried to mimic Stoinis in the middle on Saturday, the latter laughed the imitation off.

Richardson dismissed Stars batsman Peter Handscomb and then turned towards non-striker, Stonis before coming up with his own version of “the hulk” celebration.

“I just want to put it out there, I love Kane Richardson… I didn’t know he was going to do that but it’s bloody funny I was actually speechless, he got me by surprise, so 1-0 to Kane,” Stoinis told Fox Cricket after the BBL clash.

Richardson himself conceded he doesn’t have the physicality of Stoinis to pull off the celebration: “The one-dayer the other day when he got that wicket, he carried on like an absolute goose so I would have preferred if it was him. Look at me, I’m ‘spaghetti arms’ they call me, try to cover them up with tattoos.”

The Renegades were restricted to just 121, thanks to Stoinis’s three-wicket haul. The Stars were able to gun down the total with four balls to spare despite the likes of Handscomb, Ben Dunk and captain Glenn Maxwell get out for single-digit scores. Former West Indies all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo slammed a 9-ball 17 to help them cross the finish line.

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