Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar gives praise to Marnus Labuschagne after he landed his fifth Test 100 on Day 1 of the fourth and final Border-Gavaskar Series Test against India in Brisbane.
Labuschagne has been in supreme form since coming to the side as Steve Smith’s concussion substitute in the 2019 Ashes. Since August 2019, the 26-year-old has scored the most points in the cricket test – 1650 – with an average of 75; better than Steve Smith, better than Ben Stokes, and Kane Williamson, who’s got all the best hitters lately.
After scoring loads of points at home last summer – 4 tons and 3 50 in 5 matches – he is shining again for the hosts of the current series against India. The right-hander is the series’ top running scorer; 401 runs at an average of 57 and is the only batsman on both sides to average over 50 in all 4 tests.
Marnus Labuschagne went through the bad times and cashed in later: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar observes Labuschagne’s coup at Gabba. He points out that the drummer had two different types of modes before and after lunch. After Australia lost the first two, Labuschagne and Steve Smith stabilized the heats.
While Smith fluently mastered his strokeplay against an inexperienced Indian attack, Labuschagne struggled with races and was not as smooth as he always was. At lunch, the Australian number 3 had scored 19 points on 82 balls. However, after lunch Smith was sacked, and Labuschagne and Matthew Wade scored points freely.
“I think that before lunch, his morphology (Labuschagne) was a little tense, he does not quite enter the drive, or even when he was looking to play the defensive shot, he was not balanced enough. But after lunch he looked much better, getting up and driving well on this surface. Because on that surface you really can’t drive, because of the extra bounce, and he looked good, ” Sunil Gavaskar told Sony Sports Networks.
Sunil Gavaskar says Marnus Labuschagne survived the first session – he was abandoned by Ajinkya Rahane – and then cashed in on his good work later today. The former opener from India also points out that Marnus Labuschagne missed his tons in Sydney; he came out on 91 and 73. Australia ended the day at 274/5.
“And like all good drummers if they get the chance for a missed take or play and miss, he’s been through the bad times, waited for the good times to come, and then he conceded. He deserved a hundred because he missed an opportunity. twice before, “ Sunil Gavaskar added.
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