Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne has admitted that being overlooked at the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) auction turned out to be a “blessing in disguise”. His comments came in context with the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India.
Marnus Labuschagne, who found no buyers at the IPL auctions in February, expressed concern for his compatriots featuring in the ongoing lucrative league in India. He had registered at a base price of INR 1 crore.
“It certainly looks like it (missing out on the IPL) was a blessing in disguise. I would love to have played in the IPL, it’s a great tournament. But there are always two sides to the coin,” Labuschagne was quoted as saying by ‘PA Media.’
“If I was in the IPL, I would have been away and to win a Shield is something that doesn’t come around often. Secondly, you look at the conditions in India now and it’s not looking great,” the South Africa-born batsman added.
With more than 3 Lakh cases per day being reported, India is battling with the second wave of COVID-19 and have scarcity of health resources as well. As a result, several countries, including Australia (till May 15), have banned all direct passenger flights from India.
Labuschagne, who will play for Glamorgan in the ongoing County Championship in England, also revealed that a majority of Australian players aren’t feeling unsafe in the IPL bio-bubble but are concerned about returning back Down Under.
“You obviously feel for them. But I haven’t spoken to too many guys that are feeling unsafe. It’s more about getting back into Australia and what does that look like. I just hope that they stay safe and get back to Australia safely whenever they do,” he concluded.
Even though the IPL 2021 final scheduled to be played on May 30, many Australian players fear that they might be locked out of their own country. The likes of Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa have already pulled out of the tournament.