Australian middle-order batsman, Marnus Labuschagne is excited at the prospect that he might get a contract to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Labuschagne has risen as Australia’s premier batsman since the Ashes last year.
He did make his international debut in 2018 but didn’t have any significant score till he replaced Steve Smith as a concussion substitute at Lord’s last year. Labuschagne recorded 4 consecutive fifties in England.
In Australia’s home season, the ‘new kid on the block’ turned into a run-scoring ‘beast’. He notched 3 hundreds and a double hundred, along with 3 half-centuries against the bowling attacks of Pakistan and New Zealand.
Post his form in Test cricket, the right-hander was handed a debut in ODIs for Australia. Without any surprise, he is excelling in white-ball cricket as well. In 12 innings, Labuschagne averages close to 40 at a strike rate of 91- including a hundred in South Africa, and toppings of three fifties.
Really want to be involved in the IPL: Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne has had a monumental rise in international cricket as any cricketer could hope for. He was in the T20 squad for the series against India but didn’t get any opportunity. However, with his batting appetite, he isn’t far away from a T20I debut for Australia.
While speaking to Cricbuzz, the 26-year-old expressed his interest in playing in the IPL. He feels that he is ready to participate in the biggest T20 league in the world. However, Labuschagne doesn’t want to think too much too early about anything.
“I have been interested in the IPL for a long time, always following and how the teams are going. I really want to be involved in the IPL at some stage but I think the time will come when I’m ready for that opportunity. And I think you don’t need to always rush these things,” Marnus Labuschagne told Cricbuzz.
The IPL 2021 is expected to take place in April next year, hence the auction for the same would be slated for late January of February. Labuschagne realizes that he stands a good chance to bag a hefty contract on the back of his terrific form. He feels his career has taken a turn for good very quickly and thinks that a year ago he might not even raise a single bid on the auction table.
“You know the way my career has developed in the last year has been quite substantial. It’s gone real quick. Probably a year and a half ago, I wouldn’t even be in contention for the IPL but now I would love to be over there,” he added.