Recalling some of his fiercest battles with Sachin Tendulkar, legendary Australian bowler Glenn McGrath has said it ended 50-50 between them but the Indian batting genius was really furious when he was declared out after a low bouncer hit his shoulder.
I could see the bails over his head – Glenn McGrath
Sachin was clearly disappointed by the Daryll Harper’s decision but had to walk back to the hut as there was no DRS option available in international matches back then and umpire’s call was deemed to be final.
“Yeah, it’s a shame that they didn’t have the DRS back then. So what had happened there was that Sachin had just come in. I don’t think he had scored at that stage. He was still on zero. I tried to bowl a bouncer and unsettle him. And it didn’t get up. It kept low. And Sachin is not the tallest player at the best of times.”
”And he ducked and the ball hit him on the shoulder. And from where I was looking, I thought it’s hitting the stumps. I could see the bails over his head. So I appealed and the umpire gave it out. I still think it’s out,” McGrath told Times of India in an interview.
I got a few death threats: Glenn McGrath
McGrath had to face the wrath of Indian fans after the incident and the former Australian pacer also received some death threats prompting Cricket Australia (CA), to increase his and his family’s security.
“Sachin still thinks the ball was clearing the stumps by a ball and a half. So back in the old days when the umpires gave it out, that was it. Then we went to Melbourne and Sydney for the Tests yeah, I got a few death threats.”
”I had security. My family had security in Sydney because Cricket Australia received death threats for me, because I got Sachin out. It was an unusual freak dismissal,” he added.