A thrilling series of events happened on the third day of the WTC final 2023 at the Oval, involving standout performances and unexpected conflicts. In contrast with Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur, who displayed toughness and resolve with the bat, Australia’s top order crumbled under India’s relentless bowling attack.
However, a single incident stood out above the others, when Australia walked out to bat in the second innings, batting all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne was found napping on. The incident, which was caught on tape before and after David Warner was dismissed, sparked a contentious debate.
David Warner was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj for a single run to start Australia’s innings, while Labuschagne proceeded to take the crease. The 28-year-old was surprised because he was resting his eyes and appeared to be trying to sleep.
“I was just relaxing my eyes. I was attempting to alleviate some pressure. You can’t watch the game all the time. I quickly regained focus after Warner’s dismissal. Siraj’s delivery didn’t allow me to rest much longer,” Labuschagne stated.
Despite Labuschagne’s explanation, the play that day sparked discussion over his brief nap. While many criticized his commitment and concentration, others could understand the pressure of a high-stakes battle.
IND vs AUS WTC Final: Australi posted 123 runs by the end of Day 3
Following a disappointing showing with the ball in the first innings, Team India on the field displayed a powerful comeback in the second innings. Usman Khawaja failed to put up a strong effort when Warner left the crease early, hitting only 13 runs off of 39 deliveries.
The removal of Steve Smith and Travis Head early in the second innings gave the Australian squad further blows. Due to Ravindra Jadeja’s excellent bowling abilities, both players fell short after scoring hundreds in the first innings.
With Labuschagne and Cameron Green at the crease, Australia posted 123 runs at the end of Day 3 after losing four wickets. The Indian team maintained control, showing their will to come back from a difficult beginning.
The incident surrounding Labuschagne’s nap has given the World Test Championship’s final day an exciting twist, increasing interest in the result of this highly anticipated match between cricketing heavyweights Australia and India.