Marnus Labuschange recalls his battle with Ravichandran Ashwin

Australian batting star Marnus Labuschagne has shed light on his thrilling battle with Indian offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin in a four-Test series in 2020-21. India won the series 2-1 after a beating in Adelaide in the series opener that saw them shot for 36 in their second run.

One of the highlights of the series was how Ashwin fared against Labuschange and Steve Smith, with the Indian offspinner earning accolades for his clever thinking and field placements.

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“He (Ashwin) is very good at evaluating batsmen, and that’s why I liked playing him,” Labuschagne said. sports star. “He took over some things that I do when I play certain shots. That’s why I love these four-five game series because you can’t be happy with what you have as a hitter or you’ll be discovered by quality bowlers. We have to keep adapting. »

Labuschagne played 23 Tests for Australia and scored 2,220 runs at 56.92 including six centuries and 12 fifties.

The 27-year-old felt his fight against Ashwin was like a game of chess as they tried to break through each other’s defences.

“What I liked the most about Ashwin was the pitches he had for me and the way I was trying to move the pitch in my effort to score points. Just the way we were both able to cut and change in the middle of a gripping passage. It was almost like a game of chess. He bowled beautifully in Melbourne… got some early wickets with the leg slip,” Labuschagne said.

“Smith and I played it well in Sydney. We have a few sub-continental tours ahead of my next trip to India, and hopefully I can challenge myself in those conditions. I have a few tricks up my sleeve” , he added.

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In an interview with ESPNcricinfo’s Cricket MonthlyAshwin explained how he dealt with Labuschagne.

“He goes out, he hits the ball over the cow corner for an offspinner, or he hits it in the middle. It is very rarely long. And it doesn’t have a flat sweep, it has a tower sweep, like a paddle. All of these shots have a trigger. And that’s fine. If you don’t know or haven’t seen enough footage, you can’t pick up these things,” Ashwin said.

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