Legendary Australian seamer and the director of the MRF pace foundation, Glenn McGrath has congratulated the pace bowling duo of Chetan Sakariya and Sandeep Warrier for making their debut for the national team during the tour of Sri Lanka.
Chetan Sakariya made his ODI and T20I debut for Team India during the Sri Lankan tour.
Sakariya made his 50-over debut in the last game of the three-match series and he impressed everyone with his skills, especially with the back of the hand slower ball, and registered figures of 2/34.
He was then handed his maiden T20I cap in the second T20I after Deepak Chahar got ruled out as he was one of the eight players who were identified as close contacts to Krunal Pandya.
Sakariya claimed a wicket on his T20I debut but he did not get to bowl in the third game.
Sandeep Warrier, on the other hand, was drafted into the squad after nine members were ruled out of the last two T20Is.
With Navdeep Saini hurting his shoulder while fielding in the second game, Warrier was handed his maiden India cap for the series decider.
However, he did not have much to do as India was defending a poultry total of 81.
The Kerala-born pacer went wicketless during his spell of three overs in which he conceded 23 runs.
Taking to his official Twitter account, Glenn McGrath, who has been heading the MRF Pace Foundation since 2012, congratulates both Chetan Sakariya and Sandeep Warrier.
“A huge congratulations to both @sakariya.chetan &Sandeep Warrier for making their debut for India @_official_bcci_ So proud of you both. #mrfpacefoundation #fastbowlers #indvsl.” wrote Glenn McGrath.
A huge congratulations to both @sakariya.chetan & Sandeep Warrier for making their debut for India @_official_bcci_ So proud of you both. #mrfpacefoundation #fastbowlers #indvsl https://t.co/OUeMsnlFEz
— Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11) July 31, 2021
The legendary Glenn McGrath has played a huge role in the growth of both Sakariya and Warrier as pace bowlers.
The same has been admitted by both Sakariya and Warrier during their interaction with the media in the past.
“I gave trials and impressed Glenn [McGrath] sir with my nippy pace and natural swing. He told me if I worked on my action and fitness, I could add another 5kph to my pace and be a 130kph bowler. He said if I could do that, I could at least play at the Ranji Trophy level.” Sakariya told ESPNcricinfo last year.
“His (McGrath’s) tips have always been valuable. He told me the importance of consistency and explained how important it was to keep the mind clear. Ever since I started following that, my game has improved.” Sandeep Warrier was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.