Bengaluru, June 6: Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath feels India re lucky to have quick bowlers like Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron who can bowl in the range of 150 kmph even in conditions that do not offer much to pacers. [Test cricket still the ultimate, feels McGrath]
Speaking at an event organised by ESPNcricinfo in association with Hardys of which he is a brand ambassador, McGrath said it is tough to become a fast bowler in India. He said bowling harder in Indian wickets could get discouraging as sometimes it comes off slower. " To grow up in Australia, it's fine. You get the pace, you get the bounce, it carries through nicely," he said.
McGrath, who is nicknamed Pigeon, said one would be able to adjust to different conditions around the world to become a quality fast bowler.
The 45-year-old said Indian bowlers surely relish the quick wickets in Australia but it is tough on their home soil. He said the MRF Pace Foundation was set up in India almost three decades ago to find express bowlers. It was then when McGrath mentioned about Yadav and Aaron. He also praised Mohammad Sami, another Indian fast bowler who had a decent World Cup Down Under earlier this year.
The trio was also praised by former West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts who called Yadav India's first genuine fast bowler.
McGrath, who took over as the director of the MRF Pace Foundation from compatriot Dennis Lillee three years ago, said the stint helped him understand the technical aspects of fast bowling better.
McGrath, who played between 1993 and 2007, is the fast bowler with highest number of Test wickets (563) and fourth highest in all after Muttiah Muralidharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble. In one-day internationals, he is the seventh highest wicket-taker with 381 scalps.