Last Update on: September 8th, 2023 at 09:38 am
Yuzvendra Chahal had a hilarious reply to a post on X (formerly Twitter) hailing Marnus Labuschagne as the ‘first concussion substitute legend’ in cricket after the Australia batsman’s starring display with the bat against South Africa.
On Thursday (September 7), the right-handed scored an unbeaten fifty to power Australia to an unlikely win over the Proteas in the first match of the five-match series. Marnus Labuschagne was not a part of the playing eleven for the series-opener but got the chance to bat after coming on as a concussion substitute.
He replaced Cameron Green in the Australia XI midway through the run chase after the allrounder suffered a blow on his head from a Kagiso Rabada bouncer. Marnus Labuschagne had the opportunity to impress the Australian selectors ahead of the World Cup and he grabbed it with both hands.
Australia were reeling at 72 for 5 when he walked out to bat and soon found themselves 7 down for just 113. The team from Down Under were looking set to face a defeat but went on to win it by three wickets thanks to Marnus Labuschagne and Ashton Agar. The duo shared an unbeaten stand of 112 runs for the eighth wicket. Marnus Labuschagne scored 80 off 93 balls while Agar scored 48 as the visitors took the lead in the series.
Yuzvendra Chahal’s hilarious reply:
Marnus Labuschagne received praise from all over for starring as a concussion substitute. It was not the first time that he hit the ground running with the bat despite not being a part of the playing XI. During the 2019 Lord’s Test against England, he had scored an impressive fifty after replacing Steve Smith as a concussion substitute.
And the cricketing fraternity was quick to heap praise on the batsmen for his latest knock as a concussion substitute. Yuzvendra Chahal, however, was not impressed when one user hailed the Aussie star as the first concussion substitute legend in the game and replied with a hilarious GIF.
The India spinner posted a GIF of himself laughing while lying on the field. Yuzvendra Chahal was seemingly referring to his own performance as a concussion substitute during the T20 against Australia at the Manuka Oval in 2020. The leg-spinner had replaced Ravindra Jadeja in the playing eleven after the latter was struck in the helmet off an outside edge from a Mitchell Starc delivery while batting in the final over.
Jadeja was replaced by Yuzvendra Chahal when India came out to defend their 161-run total. The spinner went on to pick three wickets for just 25 runs off his four overs and was adjudged Man of the Match as India won the game by 11 runs.
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) September 8, 2023