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Stubbs’ Stock Surges Again with Another Stellar Finishing Performance

Stubbs’ Stock Surges Again with Another Stellar Finishing Performance

When news of the tragedy at the Brook household reached the Delhi Capitals’ camp, along with Harry Brook’s subsequent withdrawal from IPL 2024, the franchise swiftly pivoted to Plan B. While Tristan Stubbs initially served as a backup, his emergence as a key player is now unquestionable, especially considering the impressive statistics he’s amassed in what has been a breakout season for the South African.

At 23 years old, Stubbs arrived in India brimming with confidence. Fresh from finishing as the highest run-scorer for champions Sunrisers Eastern Cape in the SA20 2024, he notched up 301 runs at an astounding average of over 60 and a strike rate just above 168. In the final, his unbeaten 56 off 30 balls powered SEC to a title-winning total of 204/3, showcasing his prowess as a power-hitter. For those who missed his dominating performances in Orange, Stubbs continued to dazzle at the IPL, with Lucknow Super Giants being the latest victims of his exceptional talent.

When Stubbs took guard, LSG spinners had successfully tightened the screws after a blazing start by Abhshek Porel. A strategic move from skipper KL Rahul saw Ravi Bishnoi bowl four consecutive overs, applying pressure on Porel, who went from a brisk half-century to scoring just eight more runs in the next twelve balls. Amidst DC’s slowdown, with the team at 111/3 in the 12th over, Stubbs patiently navigated through Bishnoi’s spell. Although he had only managed 7 runs off 9 balls by the end of the 15th over, Stubbs remained confident in his ability to accelerate later in the innings.

“It was quite challenging when I came in,” Stubbs commented during the innings break. “I struggled to find my rhythm initially, but once I settled, we managed to build some momentum and put runs on the board. I always believe in giving myself time to settle and then capitalizing later on. Once you get a couple of shots away, the bowler starts feeling the pressure, and you can gain momentum.”

On Tuesday, it was Arshad Khan who felt the brunt of Stubbs’ calculated onslaught. With mid-on inside the ring, Stubbs unleashed a flurry of boundaries and sixes, meticulously dismantling Khan’s bowling. Despite losing Rishabh Pant, Stubbs continued to punish the bowlers, anticipating Mohsin Khan’s slower deliveries at the death and dispatching them with power.

The 19th over from Naveen-ul-Haq proved pivotal, as Stubbs propelled DC towards a 200+ total with an array of boundary-laden shots, including a magnificent inside-out lofted drive for a maximum. By the time he finished, guiding DC to 208, Stubbs had amassed 50 runs in the last 16 balls of his innings, showcasing his remarkable ability to accelerate when it mattered most.

This performance was yet another demonstration of Stubbs’ exceptional finishing skills, solidifying his position as one of the premier finishers in the tournament.

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