After his celebrated rivalry with batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, bowling great Glenn McGrath has said he is keen to see how the former’s son, Arjun Tendulkar bowls.
The former Australia pace spearhead, who is in Mumbai for a two-day coaching camp to give useful bowling tips to the Under-23 and Under-19 category of fast bowlers, is the director of MRF Pace Foundation since 2012 after replacing Dennis Lillee, who has held the post since its inception in 1987.
Recalling the incident when Sachin Tendulkar had joined the pace Foundation before making his international debut, McGrath said:
“Sachin’s (Tendulkar) son? How old is he now (17), similar age to my son. I haven’t seen him bowl yet and keen to see how he goes, but he must do ok. When the MRF (pace Academy) started, one of the first guys to come along was Sachin,” McGrath told reporters on Tuesday (July 25).
“Sachin wanted to be a fast bowler. Is his son taller than Sachin (reporters say yes), so that might help him. But that’s good to see and they have the love for the game. Sachin always wanted to be a fast bowler,” added McGrath.
Arjun was recently in the news for his bowling. The 17-year-old had nearly injured England batsman Jonny Bairstow with a yorker during a practise session at Lord’s and had bowled to India’s women team ahead of the final.
One of the greatest pacers of all time, McGrath further said he always cherished the prospect of bowling to the likes of Tendulkar, Brian Lara and others.
“I tried hard and always enjoyed bowling to Sachin. Brian Lara’s, Sachin Tendulkar’s, (Rahul) Dravid’s, (Sourav) Ganguly’s, VVS Laxman, those guys I always loved bowling too and I loved the challenge of bowling to Sachin. He is one of the best of if not the best of all time, his records stand for itself,” said the veteran pacer.
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