Team India needs a quality batting all-rounder: Glenn McGrath

Chennai, Aug 21: Australian pace great Glenn McGrath feels that Virat Kohli's ploy of playing five bowlers will only be successful if India get a quality batting all-rounder to back up three specialist pacers and a spinner.

Sachin, McGrath interact with youngsters

"My theory on playing five bowlers is that the fifth bowler should be an all-rounder. To go with five bowlers to me is heavily weighed on the bowlers and the batsmen need to really score runs. Always have three fast bowlers and a spinner and a quality batting all rounder in playing eleven," McGrath said at an event organised by MRF Pace Foundation.

Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Glenn McGrath (right) interacting with young cricketers at MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai on Friday.

McGrath also feels that when Virat Kohli speaks about playing agrressive cricket, he means "playing positive cricket".

"Virat has comments that he want to play aggressive cricket. He is such a top player and does not take a backward step. It is fine as he has got the ability and ability to back it up and play that way. I think India has very quality players and it is no doubt about that. That is the way he plays and he wants the team to play the game that way," said McGrath.

The Aussie legend said that one should not read too much into the Galle debacle. "I think people are making too much of that final innings (in the first Test against Sri Lanka). It can happen. It has happened to Australian team as well that I played in on two or three occasions. We were chasing 120 runs and we have not got there. It is just that what cricket is.

"People have to realise that in fourth innings on a turning wicket it is hard to get on scoring runs and the pressure builds and wickets fall. It is just part of cricket. It has happened in test cricket. One need to adapt to different conditions in the world," explained McGrath.

"People say that aggressive cricket is a term that aggressive cricket is a positive cricket. Captains come out to say that we played very unaggressive cricket today and going to play negative cricket. They are not going to say that. They want to go in to the match with positives and score runs. It is more batting intent.

"Aggressive is not much about body language. I think it is a term that they use is that we are going to dominate by good positive brand of cricket. I think because of T-20 cricket the batsmen are playing with positive minds and scoring lots of runs. I would prefer a team going out there to win a Test match rather than looking the team to draw a test match," said the holder of 563 Test wickets.


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