Led by Jasprit Bumrah, Indian bowlers have troubled the Australian batsmen and Marnus Labuschagne says that they have to find a way to put the pressure back on the bowlers.
Indian bowlers have certainly come in with a plan, says Marnus Labuschagne. (AP Photo)
- India have not let Australia score above 200 in the four innings of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy so far
- Labuschagne has scored 129 runs at an average of 32.25, the most by an Australian batsman so far
- He said that his team have made plans to play more scoring shots in the upcoming games
Despite missing out on some of their key bowlers in the form of Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami for the Boxing Day Test, India came up with a stupendous bowling performance to not let Australia score above 200 in both innings in the second Test in Melbourne.
Midway through the game, Umesh Yadav sustained an injury and he did not bowl in the second innings of the game. He has now been ruled out of the rest of the series.
But led by Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandra Ashwin, and ably supported by debutant Mohammad Siraj in Melbourne India troubled the Australian batsmen at will.
Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne has said that his team have to keep grinding and find a way to put the pressure back on India.
“They (Indian bowlers) have certainly come in with a plan… and made sure they’re really not leaving the stumps and having a really heavy leg-side field. It obviously slows your scoring rate down because those shots you do get on your legs go for one, not four.
“We need to be very disciplined and we also need to come up with ways to put them under pressure,” Labuschagne said in a virtual press conference.
We need to find our boundary options, says Labuschagne
Labuschagne has scored 129 runs at an average of 32.25, the most by an Australian batsman so far in the series. He revealed that his team have to find ways to play more scoring shots.
“There’s definitely talk about rotating the strike and finding your boundary option. (They are) the normal things you talk about when facing any bowling attack, and where you can get a little upper hand against a certain bowler at a certain time in the game.
“They’re the things we’re always talking about and trying to stay on top of, and making sure that when we come in, we are brave enough to take on those options when they arise. It doesn’t have to be pretty, we got to keep grinding and finding a way,” he added.