Glenn McGrath, a former fast bowler for Australia, had a boisterous discussion about a range of subjects, including Umran Malik’s pace, India’s upcoming Test match against England, Virat Kohli’s form, and more.
Even after his retirement as an Australian pacer, Glenn McGrath, one of the finest bowlers to ever play the game, continues to coach budding Indian fast bowlers. McGrath, the director of the MRF Pace Foundation, travels the country mentoring his wards. Virat Kohli’s current form, Umran Malik’s pace, and India’s upcoming trip to England, which will include one Test, three ODIs, and three T20Is, were all topics of discussion in McGrath’s boisterous phone chat.
Virat Kohli was asked to take a break for the 2022 IPL.
Kholi’s break with Glenn McGrath
Because the batsman is comfortable with his game and knows what to do to get back into top shape, McGrath believes Kohli will immensely benefit from taking this break straight now.
“Virat is primarily a confident player, and cricket is fundamentally a sport of confidence. He consistently scores runs when he is on form, but it may be difficult to watch when things aren’t going well. So, He is skilled at his trade, understands himself well, and has a lot of experience. That break will be really helpful to him. Because of the impending World Cup and my opinion that India will need experienced players to assist the team stays on pace, I am curious to see how he heals, according to McGrath.
Glenn McGrath stated in reference to Umran Malik: “Yes, bowling at an accelerated pace is a very unique feeling. And it is quite distinctive. You can become a very dangerous bowler if you can keep your composure and consistency while bowling at such a breakneck pace. All that matters is gaining that experience; after you get to the top, you have to work even harder. Who knows where he can go if he puts in the effort and has a good work attitude.
There is yet time for him (Umran playing Tests). You must also put forth the effort to play first-class cricket. It makes sense because when you bowl at a quick pace, everyone is excited. However, being a part of the team is undoubtedly unique. I can’t comment on his personality or organizing style because I haven’t spent any time with him.
“I was fortunate in that I only had to participate in six games for New South Wales before being offered the chance to participate in a Test match. Everything comes down to mentality; you need to take care of yourself and be in shape if you’re bowling that quickly. Yes, a lot will depend on him, his work ethic, and his manner of operation; but, you must be physically fit to bowl continually. If he can get used to playing at a higher level and enjoy it, it seems like he can have a successful career. But as long as they are properly controlled and not promoted to the top, I’m sure he will succeed.
“I suppose that is up to him,” the 52-year-old replied. Upon being questioned about whether Hardik Pandya ought to have a voice in how frequently he should be employed as a bowler. He has enough experience now, and I think the captain and the coaches would get along with him. So, He knows what needs to be done because he has the experience. He is an outstanding all-around player, there is no doubting it. so, He also possesses a powerful striking technique. He can bowl the ball quite rapidly and is aware of what needs to be done. Simply go out there and begin to bowl steadily and confidently, then advance from there. In what he does, he will have a legitimate voice.
According to McGrath, who has 563 wickets in Test matches, India would need to be at the top of their form to defeat the “Three Lions” in the UK. He also spoke about the present style of cricket England plays in Test matches.
“It is always challenging when you come to a foreign nation and just get to play that one exhibition game prior to the Test match. England has recently been playing outstanding cricket under the leadership of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes. Additionally, they are playing the game in a more combative manner. By going out there and supporting themselves, they are playing courageous, assured cricket. In other words, they will be a tough team to beat when they are playing well, so I think India will need to play well to compete with England in England, “McGrath said.
Regarding the prevalent fast-bowling culture in India, McGrath concluded by saying, “Yes, I believe that having fast bowlers and express fast bowlers is a necessary for every captain. I think Indians were known for turning wickets back then because the surfaces were a little slower. I think it’s a combination of a few things because the pitches have gotten a little bit quicker. If you want to be the top team in the world, you need a potent fast-bowling attack. Now that they are aware of it, they are acting in that manner. The men there long ago came to the realization that the MRF pace foundation generated and developed quick bowlers.
“So, based on the Indian bowling team as it stands right now, they are dependable, have some outstanding fast bowlers, and some young bowlers who are starting to make an impression. It is currently in a very decent condition given the quicks’ quality. Fast bowlers now have better pitches, and I think more people are paying attention to them now that they are aware of how significant they are. Fast bowlers are now receiving opportunities, which is encouraging since historically it had only been spinners and batsmen. I’m overjoyed for them.
The fact that 19 of our sons are okay is what matters most to me (bowlers from the MRF Pace Foundation). Both current and former players are taking part in the IPL, and the majority of them are doing quite well. We’re here to assist the guys in improving and learning their sport. When they have the chance to during the IPL, we hope to see them perform well. Consequently, I’m quite proud, he said.