Australia’s emerging player Marnus Labushagne named India Test skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin as the best batter and bowler he has played against.
Labuschagne made his Test debut against Pakistan in October 2018 in Dubai and since then he has accumulated 2171 runs from 38 innings at an average of 58.68.
The Queensland batter played his first game against India in the Sydney Test of the 2018/19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He made 38 runs from 95 balls in the first innings while batting at No.3.
Marnus Labuschagne scored 426 runs against India in the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy
Labuschagne was also part of the Australian side that lost 1-2 to India last year in the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy. With 426 runs from eight innings at an average of 53.25, he was the highest run-scorer of the series.
In those four Tests, Labuschagne was twice dismissed by Ashwin in Adelaide and Melbourne.
Marnus Labuschagne names Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin as best batter and bowler from India He Faced
Labuschagne took to his official Twitter handle to interact with his followers. The 27-year-old wrote: “Will be replying to questions for the next 30mins or so. Ask away – will do my best to get to as many as possible.”
As it was expected, the Australian batter’s comment section was loaded with ample of questions. One Twitter user asked him: “Best Indian Batter and Best Indian bowler you faced?” To his response, Labuschagne named Kohli and Ashwin for respective categories.
Kohli has amassed 7854 runs from 98 Test matches including 27 half-centuries and as many hundreds since making his debut in the red-ball format in 2011.
On the other hand, Ashwin has claimed 430 wickets from 83 matches at an economy rate of 2.77 and an average of 24.23. The Tamil Nadu spinner is India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket behind Kapil Dev (434) and Anil Kumble (619).
Labuschagne is currently part of the Australian squad that is playing against England in the Ashes 2021-22. He is leading the scoring charts with 286 runs from seven innings, he made 103 in the first innings of the Adelaide Test.