Former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath, Director of Coaching, MRF Pace Foundation, during at an event conducted by the Chennai International Centre at the Madras School of Economics campus spoke on various cricketing points.
He talked about the most intelligent cricketer he was impressed by: “It would be Shane Warne, the best Test captain Australia never had. Warnie read the game very well, was a showman and loved the big moments.”
The legendary pace bowler also revealed that Sachin Tendulkar too had a go at him “I have been sledged by Sachin Tendulkar.”
On talking about the on-field behaviour of Australian players, he said, “Every team in the world sledges. But when the Aussies do it, it makes news. When the other teams sledge against us, we keep quiet. The moment the Australians are at it, the others are quick to complain.”
McGrath also said, “The Australian way is very upfront. We play our cricket with a lot of passion. We say a few things on the field but all is forgotten as we walk off it. It’s a part of Australian culture.”
McGrath also picked his favourite countryman who was good at sledging. He said “Matthew Hayden was probably the worst. But he was nicely hidden fielding at gully.”