The legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar spoke of Australia’s highest run-scorer of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series, Marnus Labuschagne. Labuschagne yet again led Australia from the front as on Day 1, he registered 5th Test hundred by scoring important 108 runs.
In his ‘road to century’ in the fourth Test in Brisbane, he was dropped twice by the Indian players.
Sunil Gavaskar praised Labuschagne’s style and said, “I think before lunch his (Labuschagne) body shape was a little bit tense, he wasn’t quite moving in into the drive or even when he was looking to play the defensive shot, he was not quite balanced. But after lunch, he was looking a lot better, standing up and driving well on this surface. Because on this surface you really cannot drive, because of the extra bounce, and he looked good.”
“And like all good batsmen if they get an opportunity of a missed catch or if they are playing and missing, he rode the bad times, waited for good times to come and then he cashed in. He deserved a hundred because he missed out twice before,” said Sunil Gavaskar on Sony Network.
He acknowledged India’s young inexperienced bowlers and said, ““I just think the Indian (bowling) attack did wonderfully well. It is such an inexperienced attack with Shardul Thakur hardly bowling a dozen deliveries in the previous Test that he has played. Navdeep Saini a couple of Test matches old, and so is Mohammed Siraj.”
“Natarajan playing his first Test, Sundar playing his first Test. The first five wickets that they have taken shows you how committed they were to the job,” he said.
As the day concluded, Gavaskar opined, ““It would be 50.5 to Australia and 49.5 to India. If India had taken a wicket or two with the second new ball, then it would have been completely different, then you could have said that the day was India’s. India definitely till tea time were controlling the game. This partnership between Paine and Green can be the difference in the game. ”