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17 Jan 2021
Australian batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne feels that not being picked for the Indian Premier League has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for him. The reason for Labushacgne’s judgement is not only the fact that India is suffering from the strongest wave of Covid-19 but also the fact that he was able to win the Sheffield Shield with his home team Queensland and also bag a county contract with Glamorgan.
"It certainly looks like it was a blessing in disguise," Labuschagne PA Media. "I would love to have played in the IPL, it's a great tournament. But there are always two sides to the coin. If I was in the IPL, I would have been away and to win a Shield is something that doesn't come around often," added the 26-year-old.
Talking about the Covid conditions and how the Australian players and umpires are feeling, STS (stranger than Smudge, as he is called by his teammates) feels for his fellow nationals. "Secondly, you look at the conditions in India now and it's not looking great. You obviously feel for them. But I haven't spoken to too many guys that are feeling unsafe,” he said.
Saying that on the players’ mind it is more about ‘getting back into Australia’ than the IPL matches, Labuschagne hopes that all the players stay safe. “I just hope that they stay safe and get back to Australia safely whenever they do.”
The Australian players and umpires have been locked out of the country as after more than 3 lakh Covid-19 cases started being reported on a daily basis from India, the Australian government banned all forms of travel from India till May 15. Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye moved out of the country just in time to reach Australia, but umpire Paul Rieffel couldn't.
Labuschagne, who hit consecutive centuries in the Shield including a 192 in the final to get Queensland to victory, has now signed up with county side Glamorgan for the current season of the Championship. The South Africa born had thrown in his hat for the IPL auction at a base price of Rs. 1 crore, bit was not bought by any team.