Bumrah is the hardest to face among India bowlers: Labuschagne

NEW DELHI: He has played just one Test against India but Australian swiftriser Marnus Labuschagne is quite confident of “staying a step ahead” of the world-class attack come December even though Jasprit Bumrah is “hard to get past”.
A rookie Labuschagne had played one Test against India in Sydney during the 2018-19 series and the eagerly-awaited four-match series in December will be an acid test for the fast-rising batsman after his stellar initiation to the longest format of the game.
“They are all good bowlers but it is hard to get past Jasprit Bumrah,” the 26-year-old said in an exclusive interview from Brisbane.
“He has the ability to consistently bowl around 140 kmph and swing the ball when conditions are suitable. He is also able to angle the ball back in at the stumps.
“You always want to test yourself against the best. Jasprit is probably the leader of that attack,” said Labuschagne, who averages over 63 after 14 Tests with four hundreds and seven half centuries. Labuschagne also feels that Ishant Sharma, in the past two years, has been phenomenal.
“Ishant has been very good during the last couple of years. Coming over here and angling the ball back into right handers, that would be a good challenge for us also,” said one of the most talked about young players in world cricket right now.
The second season is always tough for any player as the opposition tends to have a better grasp of a player’s game and Labuschagne understands that.
“In terms of a great first year, it was an amazing summer and hopefully, I can do better than this time. Hopefully, against a side
like India, testing yourself against one of the best bowling attacks in world cricket at the moment,” he said.
Having played a few ODIs against India and a Test match during the last series, the right-hander feels he won’t be short of confidence during the December-January series.
“I have played one Test against India in Sydney. I have a bit of experience of facing their attack in that Test and later when I came to India for white-ball series,” he said.

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