Australian cricketer Marnus Labuschagne has been the focal point in Sydney. After a terrific innings with the bat, Labuschagne has finally started sledging war in the series.
India and Australia are battling hard to gain an upper hand in the ongoing series. However, unlike previous series this one is not so fiery. The cricketing level has been elite but there has not been a single heated moment.
Over the years, India vs Australia some sledging moments. But the trend looked to have died down especially since the players have become friends due to Indian Premier League. The Aussies players are more friendlier towards Indian cricketers as negative view in Indian fan base could impact their auction bidding in IPL.
But Marnus Labuschagne has tried to ignite sledging for the first time in the series today. Although it was not fierce, it is still cheeky and funny. First he went up against young Shubman Gill and tried to get into his head.
He asked Shubman Gill who his favorite batsman was and queried if it is Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli. But Gill replied that he will tell him after. Labuschagne continued chirping into Indian batsmen as he was fielding at short leg.
He was passing on some comments on ball and always tried to disturb the mental rhythm of Indian openers. After few minutes, he went up against experienced Rohit Sharma.
“What did you do in quarantine,” Labuschagne asked Rohit. But Rohit Sharma did not bate an eye and continued with his batting. It was a funny banter for the fans which reminded of Rishabh Pant in 2018 series.
Watch the incidents here
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Meanwhile, India are at a slight advantage after finishing the day at 96/2. Both Indian openers ensured that India did not lose an early wicket. Pujara and Rahane saw off the day as India dominated play.
Earlier in the day, Indian bowlers came to the foray once Jadeja broke Labuschagne- Smith partnership. The pair put up 100 run partnership but Marnus Labuschagne was dismissed at 91.
This opened doors for Indian bowlers as Bumrah and Jadeja rattled Australian batsmen. Steve Smith continued his lone charge despite losing players at the other end. In the process he reached yet another test hundred. The third day’s play will resume at 4:30 AM IST.