Glenn McGrath celebrates his 47th birthday today (9 February). The former Australian pace-bowler was considered one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket. He not only etched his name on the wall of fame, but also helped the all-time great Australia team to establish their stronghold on world cricket, by taking 563 Test wickets in 14-year-long golden cricket career. On Glenn McGrath’s birthday, we take a look at 3 quotes that the pace bowlers had said throughout his career, which tend to define his remarkable self.
3 quotes that define Glenn McGrath, one of the rarest products of Australia Cricket:
1. Glenn McGrath played better cricket under pressure
Glenn McGrath was a cricketer who never backed down from a challenge in cricket. The former Australia pacer had said when Australia were facing high chances of a loss against their opponent team, in a Test series with 2 matches remaining to be played,
“If something does happen and we do lose the Test I feel we play our best cricket when we are really under pressure – and we will be under pressure then, going into the last two Tests.”
2. Unwavering confidence in his & Australia’s cricket skills
Glenn McGrath never lost his confidence when in an adversarial situation in any cricket match. He was always aware of the skills that the Australia cricket team possessed, as he said,
“I don’t really care much for all this ‘are they closer?’ I really believe that it’s all about us (Australia) – if we are executing our skills I don’t believe there’s a side that can get close to us.”
3. McGrath always chased difficult & illustrious records
Glenn McGrath has played 124 Test matches in a 14-year-long cricket career, and has taken 563 staggering wickets, apart from 381 wickets in 250 ODIs. He was always aware that achieving such feats would be tough, but as we know Glenn Mcgrath, he did it anyway.
“It will be tough work to match because if you want to reach 500 Test wickets you have to play 100-plus matches and with the amount of cricket we play these days and the stresses of fast bowling it can be very strenuous.”
Born in South Wales, Australia to Beverly and Kevin McGrath, Glenn Donald McGrath was scouted by Doug Walters at New South Wales. He eventually showed his bowling excellence, and only eight First-class matches later, debuted for Australia at the age of 23, against New Zealand at Perth in 1993.
A month later, Glenn McGrath made his ODI debut against South Africa, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Just two years later, in 1995, he graduated to become Australia’s leading bowler, who would go on to dominate world cricket and take up a huge space in world cricket’s golden history.