Over the years all the cricket fans have enjoyed the on-field battles between the two greats of the game. One of them is considered to be the greatest batsman in the world alongside Don Bradman while the other person is widely acclaimed to be the finest bowler of his time. The first person is none other than “Master Blaster” Sachin Tendulkar while the second person is Aussie legend Glenn “Pigeon” McGrath.
They both have been involved in a quality rivalry during their playing days, where Tendulkar prevailed over the Aussie sometimes while McGrath had the upper-hand over his nemesis sometimes.
So when Sachin was taking guard against McGrath back in the ICC cricket World Cup 2003’s final, everyone was expecting to be a high voltage clash as India were chasing a mammoth target of 360 set by Australia. But despite such strong hopes, McGrath had the last laugh by dismissing Tendulkar early in the match.
Speaking recently on this incident, McGrath feels Indian cricket fans have not forgiven him for that dismissal.
“I had some great battles with Sachin. In fact, the Indians still haven’t forgiven me for getting him out in the 2003 World Cup final,” PTI quoted Glenn McGrath as saying.
Sachin Tendulkar chose to go for a pull shot, which went high in the air and was caught by McGrath off his own bowling. With it, India’s hopes of winning the title fell drastically.
“Sachin hit me for a four in the first over and the next ball, I dug it in short and he served up an easy caught and bowled to me,” said McGrath.
Tendulkar, as we all know him to be a pure gentleman, have always tried to distance himself from controversies and sledging. But, the batting legend was involved in a few bit of a sledging in a match with McGrath in their 2000 ICC Champions Trophy match against Australia.
In a book titled, SACH, Tendulkar talked about the altercation, suggesting that he even told McGrath he would hit him out of the ground, as a result of which McGrath started to deviate from his line and length, which is exactly what the Indian wanted.
Irrespective of the on-field battles that took place in their successful careers, both cricketers have earned respect from the cricketing fraternity all around the world.