We want India to be here, it's going to be very exciting: Marnus Labuschagne

Labuschagne has come up the tanks ever since the Lord's Test against Australia in 2019.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne. (Photo by Jason McCawley – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

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Marnus Labuschagne has come a long way from being the first concussion substitute for Smith Smith to being the highest Test runs scorer in 2019. After some extraordinary performances in Ashes 2019, the Australian cricketer amassed 1185 runs in 13 matches, including a top knock of 185 against Pakistan

At the end of the year 2019, he played a knock of 275 runs which garnered him praise from the cricketing fraternity. Marnus has certainly staked his claim to be the batting mainstay for his team. He was also one of Wisden’s Cricketer of the Year. He has very strongly controlled the coveted number three of the Aussie team.

It’s going to be very exciting, says Marnus Labuschagne 

The Aussie batsman felt excited about playing the Tests against India in the year-end Down Under. “At the end of the day, we want India to be here and we want it to be a great series. It’s going to be very exciting. Can’t wait,” Labuschagne was quoted as saying on Sportstar.

He also put strong words of praise for Jasprit Bumrah and sounded eager to play against the Indian fast bowler.

“Everyone knows where they want the Boxing Day Test to be. But if that can’t happen, then we have to make sure that cricket is still going ahead, and if that means playing in a different state, that’s what’s going to happen. If not the MCG, then I wouldn’t mind playing the Boxing Day Test at the Gabba…have always loved playing in Brisbane,” Labuschagne said.

The Australian also put forward his view on playing cricket in front of empty stands, saying that playing without the spectators will be a different feeling.

“I don’t know if it affects the performance of a player, but it adds a different feel. It’s a bit more quiet-eyed…a little more internal, you are thinking about your thoughts a bit more as opposed to the loud environs when you are playing in front of 50,000-odd supporters. You sort of miss that echoing noise,” he stated.

The Aussie batsman also praised Virat Kohli by terming him a world-class player.“He averages 53 in Test cricket, 59 in ODIs, and 50 in T20Is. If that’s not a world-class player, then I don’t know who is… There are so many things about his good game. That said, I try and imbibe the good from all batters, not just the top guys. There’s so much to learn from how each cricketer goes about his craft,” he said.

The champion youngster also put his thoughts on getting an opportunity to play IPL in the future. “If an opportunity comes up to be involved in the Indian Premier League, then definitely… When it comes to pitching yourself against the best players in the shortest format, there is no better competition than the IPL,” he said.