Veteran Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad made fun of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne in advance of the second Test between India and Australia by emulating renowned Australian player Allan Border. The two teams will now square off in the second Border-Gavaskar Trophy game in the nation’s capital Delhi after defeating Pat Cummins and Co. in the series opener in Nagpur.
With a 1-0 advantage going into the second Test of the four-match series at the prestigious Arun Jaitley Stadium, Rohit Sharma and company will look to extend their lead to 2-0. In preparation for the much awaited encounter in Delhi, Australia’s top two batsmen, Smith and Labuschagne, were seen working out together in the practise nets.
Images of Smith and Labuschagne working togetherBefore the second Test, batting practise in the nets soon became popular on social media. When Prasad saw the tweet, he used Border’s divisive comment about Smith following Australia’s humiliating loss in Nagpur to mock the batting partnership.
After the top order batsman in the Nagpur Test gave Ravindra Jadeja the thumbs-up after one of his deliveries, Australian legend Allan Border launched a vicious attack on batting ace Smith. Smith applauded Jadeja for his exquisite delivery, and later in the innings, Jadeja managed to get the critical wicket of Smith.
Play with a more acute edge. In other words, we applaud men when they defeat us outside the off stump. What in the world is happening Which issimply ridiculous Do not act foolishly, because Australia plays tough cricket. Bloody hell, we’re even giving someone the thumbs up, Border had said.
After taking five wickets in the first innings, Jadeja scored 70 runs off 185 deliveries and formed a key 88-run partnership with Axar Patel towards the end of the first game. This was Jadeja at his finest. In the second innings, Jadeja added two more wickets to bring his total to seven. He was named Player of the Match as India defeated Australia by an innings and 132 runs.