Few pacers have dominated the game like the former Australian pacer, Glenn McGrath. The legendary was not blessed with searing pace but he made up for it by his great control on line and length. His 563 wickets in Tests is a prove of his dominance. McGrath recently visited Chennai where he spoke to The Times of India on various topics ranging from the Australian team, Indian bowlers and more.


On Australian batsman struggling in subcontinent these days:

It’s an issue, but it’s up to an individual to devise a plan to counter it. Mathew Hayden is a good example because he didn’t play spin that well and then he developed the sweep shot to combat it and played it very well. To be either super-defensive or aggressive probably isn’t working. We have a fair bit of work to do between now and the Indian tour next year because the wickets are going to turn.


On whether Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world:

He’s definitely up there. Virat plays with a lot of confidence. He’s quite an aggressive batsman who likes to score. He’s playing exceptionally well. He had a great Test career, taking over as captain, a lot of responsibility. As long as he’s batting well, things would go well, if there’s a form slump, I would be interested to see how he goes.

On how he would have bowled to Kohli:

He’s a top batsman who enjoys scoring, so hopefully build some pressure …take those scoring options away from him. I used to love bowling to Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, because I enjoyed the challenge to bowl to the best batsmen. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to bowl to Virat. It might’ve been a good thing, he might’ve hit me everywhere!

On the Indian pace attack:

Ishant has been around for quite some time now. (Bhuvaneshwar) Kumar swings the ball well, Shami has had a bit of success. Then you’ve got the new breed-Bumrah coming through. He’s a bit unusual in the way he bowls.

On whether India can produce good pacers:

I think so. Fast bowlers in India are getting better. There’s more of them now. They’re leaving more grass in the Ranji Trophy. A third of the wickets aren’t too bad to bowl on for the fast bowlers. India is in very good hands with the young fast bowlers coming through. I hope they enjoy having me here and benefit from me being here.


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