Marnus Labuschagne and Shubman Gill exchanged fun verbal volleys at each other on the second day of the thrid test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Virat Kohli or Sachin Tendulkar, “who’s your favourite player?” was the question posed to Indian opener Shubman Gill as he continued his excellent entry into Test cricket by scoring 50 in the Indian first innings on Day 2. “Who’s your favourite player?” Asked Labuschagne between deliveries of Starc’s second over. “I will tell you after the match,” replied Gill. Labuschagne was not satisfied with the answer and he went on to ask whether it was Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli. “After the ball... Sachin? Do you reckon Virat?” he said.
Labuschagne continued his banter when Rohit Sharma was on strike. “hey what did you do in quarantine?” he asked the India opener, who made a comeback to Indian XI in this Test match after spending 14 days in quarantine. Soon the two openers returned to the pavillion after a half century stand. At the end of the day's play, Rahane and Pujara were not out at the crease with India trailing by 242 runs with 96 runs on the board. India bounced back to pick up three wickets on a flat, benign surface in the extended opening session on Day 2 in Sydney to take the opening session when Lunch was called on Friday (January 8). Australia were in a strong position when play resumed in the morning at 166 for 2 with two set batsmen in the middle. Ravindra Jadeja, however, ended the century stand between Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith before Jasprit Bumrah struck on the brink of the break as Australia were reduced to 249 for 5. The four-match Test series is tied 1-1 after Australia and India won one each of the first two games.