- McGrath is in Chennai to work with emerging Indian fast bowlers at the MRF Pace Academy
- McGrath believes Virat Kohli can surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s records, particularly his tally of 100 international centuries
- McGrath and Tendulkar engaged in some memorable duels when both former greats were at their respective peaks
When Glenn McGrath speaks, you take note and listen. The former Aussie great who played 124 Test cricket matches for his country and picked up a whopping 563 wickets during this time, is currently in India to serve his time in the MRF Pace Academy in Chennai with India’s budding young pacers. McGrath said that if India captain Virat Kohli continues to play the way he does, the 29-year-old can go well past Sachin Tendulkar’s records.
Virat Kohli can go well past Sachin Tendulkar’s records, says Glenn McGrath
Speaking to the Hindu, McGrath said that if there is one player who can break all the batting records set by his old rivals Sachin Tendulkar, it is current Indian skipper Virat Kohli. “If he (Kohli) continues to bat the way he is doing now, he could well go past Sachin’s records,” McGrath said.
“I don’t like to compare eras. Every era makes it own demands and the pitches, generally, are better for batting these days. Sachin, on his day, could decimate attacks. Kohli is a very attacking batsman too,” he further added.
Considering the innumerable and memorable battles that McGrath fought with Tendulkar during his playing career, there is no questioning his authority on the subject in question here.
While Sachin Tendulkar recorded as many as 100 international tons in his career, Kohli has also been notching up hundreds at a never-seen-before rate and already has 56 career centuries across formats to his name. If the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper can keep up his form, he looks well placed to overhaul Sachin Tendulkar’s sensational tally.
Glenn McGrath then moved on to discussing the methods to stop Kohli and bring an end to his run-making prowess. Revealing some handy theories of his own, McGrath said: “Kohli is a quality batsman, a confidence player, and as a bowler, I will cut off his scoring areas and build pressure. He is good through the off-side, I would block him there. He is good off his legs too and again I would deny him runs in that area.
“Kohli is solid technically, has an aggressive attitude, goes about his cricket with passion and I would like to play on his mind, prevent him from scoring freely. And I would bowl an in-between length at Kohli, neither too full nor too short and cramp him for room,” he added.
There are other tactics too, McGrath says, that could work against Kohli. “For instance, you could have an aggressive field and bowl a defensive line. There are areas to score but the ball is not there to be hit. It forces mistakes.”
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