Legendary Australian pacer Glenn McGrath spoke on the World Cup in the sidelines of MRF Pace Academy and has heaped praises on India’a pacer Mohammad Shami. He also predicted the four teams for the semi-finals. Here is what he said in his interview
On his favourites for the Semi-Finals:
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India.
On India’s drastic turnaround in the World Cup:
I think India always had the potential. We have been saying that they had a very good batting line-up and it was just that the bowlers had to fire they haven’t bowled as well as they would have liked earlier. The wickets during the Test series were the flattest have ever seen in world cricket. I thought they made wickets to suit India which surprised me. That Melbourne wicket even on Day 15 would have been a good one for batting. So those wickets were hard work for a fast bowler. They didn’t do too well in the tri-series either. But the game against Pakistan was a big one for India. India came up with a good show, and the win gave them a lot of confidence.
On India’s stand-out pacer:
Mohammed Shami has done a good job. I haven’t seen much of Mohit Sharma but I just think they have fielded a lot better which is always a big plus.
On R Ashwin’s bowling so far in the tournament:
He has bowled to a plan. Also, he has made good use of the fields set for him, and India are doing well thanks to a good all-round unit.
On the batsmen who impressed him al lot so far in the tournament:
I liked the way Ireland chased down the 300-plus total against West Indies. Also, New Zealand looked at ease chasing down a low-total against England. Brendon McCullum is a destructive batsman, and I don’t get overtly disappointed when England lose!
You have always rated Varun Aaron highly. Do ypu think that he must been included in the World Cup squad?
Yes. Varun bowls at a good pace and swings the ball. I don’t think he went wrong at any point during the Test series. The wickets were flat and their bowling plan was questionable – especially bowling round the wicket to David Warner early – and it wasn’t working. Also, a couple of dropped catches didn’t go in his favour.