India versus Australia cricket matches have always appealed to the cricket lovers, not only because of the quality of cricket but also there's banter at every little corner. Watching Test matches can sometimes actually become a bit boring, but a bit of banter can add the right amount of spice to the contest.
During the second day's play at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Marnus Labuschagne did exactly that. The young Aussie batsman was among the closing fielders which the hosts had opted for. The Queenslander was heard several times over the stump mic, trying to have a little chat with the Indian batsmen.
Fielding at short-leg, Labuschagne first tried to have a chit chat with the young Indian opener Shubman Gill. The Aussie no.3 asked Gill who is his favourite batsman, Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli. The young Punjab batter just turned down the approach by saying, “I will tell you afterwards.”
Marnus was right back at it after some time. But, his next try was on Rohit Sharma. The Aussie tried to ask the Indian opener what was he doing during the quarantine. The Mumbai batsman decided to completely ignore what was said or asked. The commentators meanwhile couldn't stop laughing.
Labuschagne was a treat for the fans who were watching the action of day two. During India's inning of 45 overs on the second day, the batsman kept many funny noises and entertained the fans. Most of his act was heard on the stump mic. Here's a video of him:
Labuschagne was doing what Rishabh Pant does often for India, being in the ears of the opposition with constant chatter. He did bat well though earlier in the day. Capitalizing on his fifty from day one, he was marching along quite well towards a century. However, Ravindra Jadeja got out caught in the slips for 91.
The Indian all-rounder thereon also went on to take three more wickets and ran out Steve Smith with a brilliant direct hit. The hosts were bundled for 338. India ended the day on 96 for 2, with Chestestwar Pujara and Ajinkya still at the crease.