It is tough to be a fast bowler in India: Glenn McGrath

Jul 26, 2017, 09:22 IST | Subodh Mayure

Former Australian speedster Glenn McGrath feels that though everyone wants to be a fast bowler, quick bowlers are a rare commodity. McGrath, chief coach at the MRF Pace Foundation

Glenn McGrath on Day One of the camp at MCA's BKC indoor academy yesterday. Pic/Shadab Khan
Glenn McGrath on Day One of the camp at MCA's BKC indoor academy yesterday. Pic/Shadab Khan

Former Australian speedster Glenn McGrath feels that though everyone wants to be a fast bowler, quick bowlers are a rare commodity. McGrath, chief coach at the MRF Pace Foundation, who is in the city to guide 16 Mumbai fast bowlers of under-19, 23 and Ranji Trophy teams in a two-day camp at MCA's BKC indoor academy, drove home some home truths during an interaction with the media here.

Express quick is rare thing
"To be an express fast bowler is unique. It's not that many bowlers can bowl at 140-150 kmph pace on a regular basis. It is something very unique. It is a raw talent, you can't teach that," said McGrath.

"Express bowlers are very rare and I am always on the lookout for them. To be a fast bowler in India is probably the toughest thing as a cricketer," the Australian bowler said.

All praise for Umesh Yadav
However, the New South Wales cricketer, who claimed 641 Tests wickets in 124 matches, was all praise for India pacer Umesh Yadav and said that he has improved a lot as a bowler in the last few years.

"Umesh Yadav is bowling really well at the moment. The way he come back match after match is very comendable.

"He is a bit older, so now he has gained a lot more experience and knows how to prepare himself and how to get his body ready for a match," said McGrath.

'Keen to see Sachin's fast bowler son'
Though batting legend Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun, an aspiring left-arm pacer was not at the camp yesterday, McGrath, 47, recollected how Tendulkar wanted to be a fast bowler and even attended a camp at MRF Pace Foundation during his early years.

"Sachin's son? How old is he now? He is 17, similar age to my son. I haven't seen him bowl yet and I am keen to see how he goes, but he must do ok. Even Sachin wanted to be fast bowler," said McGrath.

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