Star Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne had a candid conversation with Cricket Australia in which he was asked to build his perfect batter based on the attributes of players.
Labuschagne started off by picking a right-handed batsman first, he picked legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s “crisp and pure” straight drive and legendary captain Ricky Ponting’s pull shot.
“For a righty, I’m gonna start with a Sachin Tendulkar’s straight drive. That was a shot you loved seeing. So crisp and pure. Then I’m gonna go with Ponting’s pull shot – his trademark. Everyone loved seeing the full flow of that,” he said.
Labuschagne further picked Indian red-ball captain Virat Kohli’s cover drive and former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen’s “leg-side shot” and his aggression.
“I’m gonna have to go with Virat Kohli’s cover drive. I think the way he plays it, the sort of energy that he brings on that ball. Then Kevin Pietersen’s that sort of leg-side shot. Also Pietersen’s aggression at the crease. I love the way he was at the crease. Very similar to Virat Kohli,” Labuschagne said.
The last three attributes picked by the Australian batsman were Steve Smith’s hunger and determination, Jacques Kallis’ “temperament and ability” and Andrew Symonds’ on-field celebration.
“I’m gonna have to go with Steve Smith’s hunger for runs and determination and adaptability. And then I have to get Jacques Kallis’ temperament and ability to stay at the crease. Andrew Symonds’ hundred with Haydos (Matthew Hayden). Where he jumped and gave Haydos a big hug. That was awesome,” he added
For The Left-hander, I’m Gonna Start With Hayden’s Off-drive – Marnus Labuschagne
Meanwhile, Marnus Labuschagne while building perfect left-handed batter picked Matthew Hayden’s off-drive and his energy, Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara’s cover drive and then Australia head coach Justin Langer’s cut shot.
“For the left-hander, I’m gonna start with Hayden’s off-drive and also his energy at the crease. There’s no better, purer cover driver of a cricket ball than Kumar Sangakkara. Cut shot – I’m gonna go with Justin Langer. More of a square drive,” he said.
The last three attributes for a perfect left-handed batter selected by Labuschagne were Michael Hussey’s pull shot, Alastair Cook’s “ability to get in and go big” and David Warner’s bow celebration.
“It’s quite tough and we have to move Huss (Mike Hussey) from the cover drive but I will give him the pull shot. Alastair Cook’s ability to get in and go big. Cooky when he got going, was just all over. I tell you what, I didn’t mind the bow after 300 ( talking about David Warner’s vs Pakistan). We tease him about it but I think that was pretty cool,” said Marnus Labuschagne.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 3, 2022
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