‘Almost felt like a game of chess’: Marnus Labuschagne recalls his battles with Ravichandran Ashwin

Australian striker Marnus Labuschagne has praised Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, saying he enjoys his duels with the veteran cricketer. While recalling his fights with the 34-year-old during the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar series, Labuschagne, who is currently the no. 1 Tester in the world, took note of Ashwin’s ability to gauge the batter, adding that playing against him “felt like a game of chess.” “He’s very good at evaluating batsmen, and that’s why I liked playing him,” Labuschagne told Sportstar in an interview.

“What I liked the most about Ashwin was the fields he had for me and the way I was trying to move the field in my effort to score points. Just the way we both was able to cut and change in the middle of a gripping pass. It was almost like a game of chess. He played beautifully in Melbourne… got some early wickets with the leg slip,” he added .

Ashwin was one of the best performers for Team India in Australia’s four-game Test series, taking 12 wickets in three games as India won their second successive Test series Down Under.

As Australia set to tour India in 2023 to play 4 Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is, Labuschagne and the other batters are likely to struggle in spin-friendly conditions.

But, since Australia will be doing some sub-continental tours later this year, including Pakistan, Labuschagne hopes he can also test himself and pull a few tricks out of his bag.


“We have a few sub-continental tours ahead of my next trip to India, and hopefully I can challenge myself in those conditions. I have a few tricks up my sleeve,” he said.

Australia will tour Pakistan for the first time in 24 years. The two teams will play three Tests, three ODIs and a one-off T20I, starting next month.

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