Glenn McGrath, an Australian veteran, believes Hardik Pandya has enough experience under his belt to get back to his best with the ball rather than being taught what he has to do by numerous coaches.
Pandya, who just returned to cricket following back surgery, has been selected captain of the side that will go to Ireland for a two-match T20 series.
Hardik Pandya Has Got So Much Experience Now: Glenn McGrath
“Hardik has got so much experience now. He knows what he needs to do. He doesn’t need to be told by coaches what he needs to do. He is a quality all-rounder, quality hitter,” McGrath, who is Director of Coaching at the famed MRF Pace Foundation, told reporters as quoted by PTI.
“Some games go well, others don’t as well. Overall, he knows what he needs to do,” he added.
McGrath, who is considered as one of the game’s best bowlers in terms of consistency and discipline, spoke about what it takes to be a successful seamer.
“A lot of coaches think that bowling quick is the important thing. to just run and bowl as quick as you can is not the be-all and end-all. Holding your action, bowling good areas, building pressure, taking wickets,” he said.
Glenn McGrath Lauds Rishabh Pant And Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Rishabh Pant, according to the Australian great, is a capable leader who can set a good example for a future Indian squad.
“It is about experience as well. He is an entertainer. He has to work out a way which is best for him. The culture is set at the top. you have to have a strong leader, who can lead from the front. It is a good learning experience as well,” he added.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who has performed admirably in the current series against South Africa, also received appreciation from the retiring seamer.
“Bhuvi is a quality bowler. He gets movement, very good control and deceptive pace. The experience he has will stand him in good stead.”
James Anderson Has Set The Bar Too High: Glenn McGrath
He claimed that English bowling ace James Anderson (who has 650 Test wickets) has already set the bar too high for anybody to surpass.
Glenn McGrath also mentioned English bowler James Anderson’s achievement of yet another milestone in England’s game versus New Zealand.
“For a fast bowler to take 600 wickets, it is a remarkable effort. It shows his longevity. He is a swing bowler.
“That is an art form that is rare these days…good luck to him, He has 600 (650 test wickets). He has already set the benchmark too high for anyone to get near. It is up to him to decide how long he goes on,” the legendary Aussie paceman added.
It’s Been A Tragic Year For Australian Cricket: Glenn Mcgrath
McGrath also expressed his feelings over Shane Warne, Rod Marsh, and Andrew Symonds’ tragic deaths.
“It has been a tragic year for Australian cricket. It started with my mentor Rod Marsh and then Shane (Warne). Marsh was my mentor and a great friend. Obviously, I was very close with Warne. Now Symonds. Hopefully, it will be the last.
“If anything it puts life in perspective…we have to get out there and enjoy life. A lot of people in Australia are getting their hearts checked out now,” he said referring to Warne’s sudden demise.
Glenn McGrath Pleased By Mukesh Chaudhary
On MRF Pace Foundation products doing well, Glenn McGrath was thrilled by the performances of products of the MRF pace foundation on the big stage.
“I’m really pleased with how they have performed especially Mukesh Chaudhry.
“Even the others such as Khaleel Ahmed and Prasidh Krishna have performed quite well on a grand stage such as the IPL. A total of 19 of our boys have played in IPL thus far and that fills me with pride.”