His rise is unprecedented. Since its emergence as an alternative to concussions, Steve Smith has participated in a cricket match for the first time, and Marnus Labuschagne has not flinched. In Test Cricket, he was the top scorer of 2019 and quickly became a household name due to his weird skills and outstanding talents. Labuschagne was named the 2019 ICC Men’s Emerging Cricket Competition and is now ranked number one. Ranked 3 in the ICC batter test rankings. For this rising superstar, the future is full of hope, but as cricket resumes, new challenges are bound to come.
In an exclusive interview with WION, Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne talked about his rising sensation, the upcoming England series, his ambitions in the IPL competition, the upcoming test series against India, how he intends to Facing Jasprit Bumrah and Co. etc.
Subhayan Chakraborty: Welcome to WION, Manus! How is your situation? How does the lock-in phase proceed? In most cases, staying indoors is difficult…
Marnus Labuschagne: I am fine, thanks. Thank you for making us very lucky in Australia, especially in Brisbane. Things are clearly locked down here, but we seem to be out of trouble faster than many other countries. When locked, I may not be able to do much. But yes, things in the gym, keep your body healthy, and then litter things in the garage or play cricket and things like that. Therefore, this is a great way to keep in touch with cricket and take care of certain things.
Subhayan: Marnus, the next direct mission to Australia is a limited edition game in England. When rallying for the training camp, is Australia looking for work in fitness and rhythm?
Marnus Labuschagne: I see that most of the teams are very suitable and very ready to go. Obviously, this has been five months of isolation, so I think everyone will become healthy, ready to go, and eager to go out and play. So for me, this is just to make sure that I am healthy and ready. We conduct a lot of training in Queensland. Therefore, this is an excellent opportunity to keep in touch with the state association and engage in these skills.
Subhayan: The post-Covid world brings new rules and restrictions. As a batter’s point of view, what is your opinion on this?
Marnus Labuschagne: I do think there will be subtle differences in test cricket. In the two games I have watched in England so far, the swing of the ball may not be large, but the goal path they use may be slightly flat. Therefore, we must see whether it is just a saliva problem or whether the ticket gate is flattening and not fluctuating much. But we have to be adaptable and hope that bowlers find new ways to make it swing.
Subhayan: Your rise in international cricket is shocking. So perseverance is necessary, or do you aspire to better development?
Marnus Labuschagne: For me, this is just getting better. Although I performed well last summer, my job still needs to get better. This is the purpose and goal. Becoming stronger and healthier brings great value, so it is important that you make the right decision and understand the game. Keep trying to make every aspect better.
Subhayan: Even in the ODI cricket game, your start was great. For a modern batsman, how important is it to switch between the two formats quickly in terms of thinking?
Marnus Labuschagne: In modern cricket, being able to switch between different formats is very important. This is definitely what I personally want-to stay prepared-obviously, you have to do something different in the way you prepare for the game and the way you prepare for the game. All in all, this is an important part of the game. You will see people like Virat Kohli, who are able to switch between all three formats; Steve Smith and David Warner, with success. There is always a benchmark. The goal is to meet these standards.
Subhayan: You have done a very good job in testing and ODI. T20 is still an untouched area for you. You have only participated in 10 major Bash League matches for the Brisbane Heat. Do you plan to leave a solid mark in the format in the near future
Marnus Labuschagne: Absolutely, I absolutely want to play these three formats at the same time. For me, it doesn’t matter where the opportunity is. I’m playing a T20 game, so it’s important for me to make sure that I understand my role in the team and how I want to deal with this form of competition. Like you said, I haven’t played too many T20 games, but according to the schedule, I don’t think I will play too many games. So for me, it’s about learning ODI cricket and making sure I am prepared to seize any opportunities.
Subhayan: Will it play a role in IPL in the near future?
Marnus Labuschagne: Yes, that’s right! You want to participate in the best T20 tournament in the world. Everyone wants to be a part of IPL. To be sure, you will never refuse an opportunity. But currently, the two formats-ODI and test-are the pinnacle for me.
Subhayan: Coming to Ashes, you became the first concussion replacement ever and looked very embarrassed when we watched the documentary series. How did your nerves feel when you crossed the rope and walked and beat Jofra Archer and Co.?
Marnus Labuschagne: When you wait to hit the ball, most nerves will happen. All the batsmen outside became a little nervous and anxious before going out to hit the ball. But once you cross the finish line with the bowler, you just want to focus on the game. If the bowler’s speed is 150 km/h, then you have no time to waste time thinking about other things. Obviously, I was nervous before, but when I was there, it was about participating in the competition and making sure I was ready to go.
Subhayan: Jofra’s first shipment hit your grill. I think the way you react to it makes the world aware of the characteristics you bring…
Marnus Labuschagne: You just cannot plan these things and how you will respond. Just when it hit my helmet, I fell and I thought you couldn’t stay here. You will not be the first person to have a concussion. This way you can stand up, fix your gloves, pop your chest out and continue the operation.
Subhayan: You become Steve Smith’s first concussion submarine, and Smith is really close to you. What role has he played in your career so far?
Marnus Labuschagne: He (Steve Smith) played an important role. Very like-minded people. We think about games in a similar way. We talk a lot and we like competitions. He is the person I want to discuss with him about the game before Ashes. As time passed, there were more conversations, and he was very helpful to us. It always has nothing to do with talking, but just watching him play. About to learn from people like him-he has been very good.
Subhayan: What do you think of the Indian series? They topped Australia for the last time…
Marnus Labuschagne: I can’t wait, I can’t wait to start! I am very happy that it was carried out. The two best test countries in the world are doing this. This is what we want to see. This is what people want to see. Not only me, but the entire team is also excited about this challenge. Two excellent teams, two spectacular bowling games head-to-head, what I don’t like is!
Subhayan: Have you begun to consider Bumrah, Ishant, Shami, Umesh and others in the Indian attack?
Marnus Labuschagne: Maybe not that specific, but definitely, I have considered how the team will attack or they will throw at me in test cricket and one day cricket matches. So for me, it’s about making sure I am well trained, understanding how the team will attack me and making sure I have a plan accordingly.
Subhayan: Do you think the pink ball test will be the biggest occasion in the Indian series?
Marnus Labuschagne: MCG is usually full, and Boxing Day is always the biggest. But the pink ball test is a great spectacle and part of a great game. Last year we played well against Pakistan in the pink ball game. Our batsman can run on the court, and our bowlers are also great. We are really great and hope to repeat the same thing this time.
Subhayan: As you said, this is about learning and preparation. But in international cricket matches, the team does find a player at some stage. So, how important is it for young people to maintain their own standards?
Marnus Labuschagne: For any player, you need to have such motivation and willingness to get better every day, every game, every game. If you feel too comfortable or overconfident about a particular method, you will be found out. Steve Smith is a good example. He is always one step ahead because he just plays in different ways depending on the situation. We have a good example from Steve. For me, it is to make sure that I understand the game well and improve every day.
Subhayan: Marnus, what is your ultimate dream when you play for Australia. You have started a brilliant career and hope to achieve major achievements. What is at the top of the list?
Marnus Labuschagne: As a player, you always talk about two things. Don’t talk about personal success, but from the perspective of the team – defeating India in India is always difficult, which is what all parties want to do; and defeating England in England, this is something we were very close to last summer, but we Failure to achieve the goal, this is a compromise. But yes, these two things are what you have always wanted, and achievement may be a good sign of a very good team.
Subhayan: What message would you convey to fans who support this sport in their family?
Marnus Labuschagne: I just hope everyone is excited. I know the players are very excited to be back there to play cricket. We just can’t wait to get back there. We may be as excited as the people watching. For many different reasons, the recent months have been very challenging for many people. People will be affected by many different factors-the actual virus itself, unemployment, etc. But persevere and move on. Cricket is expected to put a smile on his face.