Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh was bought by Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL 2016 Player Auction earlier this month.Reuters

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh is one of the regulars in the Australian side in all the three formats of the game. Looking at his all-round skills, the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) think-tank decided to rope Marsh in for the upcoming edition of the IPL. 

Marsh will play alongside the likes of MS Dhoni, Kevin Pietersen, Australia skipper Steve Smith, R Ashwin and many other stars from the world of cricket.

The Australian feels his stint with RPS will help him gain more knowledge about sub-continental wickets and the conditions.  

"With the Test tours we've got coming up, Sri Lanka later this year and India next year, it's probably not such a bad thing to see a few of the wickets (in the IPL)," Marsh was quoted as saying by the official website of Cricket Australia

"It's exciting to be joining Pune but I won't be thinking about it until I'm actually there."

Marsh, who used to be injury prone, has had a good run with the Australia team in the past couple of years, and the younger brother of Kings XI opener Shaun Marsh is hopeful of his fitness carrying on until the end of the IPL.

"We've still got seven weeks of cricket to go until the IPL starts so you never know (in terms of injury) – touch wood," Marsh added. 

"But I'll do everything I can to keep the body in good shape. Over the last 18 months or so I've really found out what works for me and what doesn't."

Marsh has previously played for the now-defunct IPL franchises Pune Warriors India and Deccan Chargers. The hard-hitting all-rounder played three games for the Deccan Chargers in 2011 and14 matches for the Pune Warriors in 2013.

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