Australian middle-order batsman, Marnus Labuschagne is in all praise for his teammate, Steve Smith’s for his bewitching hundred on Sunday against India at the SCG.
Steve Smith made a mockery of the world-renowned Indian bowling attack by smashing back-to-back tons in the first two ODIs of the series. His scores of 105(66) and 104(64) earned him the Man of the Match awards in both the games as the hosts take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
When someone’s doing that, that’s kind of scary: Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne is in awe of the batting genius, which is Steve Smith. After the second ODI, he said that Smith’s inning was one of the best he has ever seen in ODIs. Labuschagne thinks that Smith didn’t really give any chance to India- unlike the first ODI where he mistimed a shot and was reprieved by Shikhar Dhawan who made an error in judgement. The 26-year-old reckons that the kind of form Smith is in, is pretty scary for the opposition.
As quoted by ESPNCricinfo, Marnus Labuschagne said, “That was one of the best innings I’ve seen in one-day cricket, not only from Steve but from anyone. I think the way he batted yesterday was superb. It almost felt like he didn’t give an opportunity, didn’t really take any risk, but he got a hundred off 62 balls. When someone’s doing that, that’s kind of scary.”
Labuschagne came to bat at the fall of quick wickets of the openers. He supported Smith for a 136-run partnership for the third wicket. The partnership between them provided a solid platform for Glenn Maxwell to tee off from the first ball.
Labuschagne got out in the 49th over, but not before making a well compiled 70 off 61 balls. The youngster credited Smith for the big totals Australia manage to put up in the two matches. Both the teams will lock horns in the dead rubber on Wednesday in Canberra.
“It was really nice to build that partnership with him, 136. It was just nice to keep ticking it over and we were really busy through that middle part when we came together. Then towards the back end, Steve really took the game on and that’s how we got 390. They’re two very big scores in the last two games, thanks obviously to Steve,” he added.