Looking forward to Virat Kohli vs James Anderson in England: Glenn McGrath

first_imgIndhia have not been know for their fast bowling prowess. But with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in their side, the perceptions have started to change.Australian bowling great Glenn McGrath feels that Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah will help India make a mark on their upcoming tour of England.When asked who among Indian pacers could do the job in England, McGrath said: “Bhuvi and Bumrah. They have got pretty good control. That’s what you need, especially in England. The Dukes ball has a pronounced seam. If you get the ball in the right areas consistently, then you are going to do well. The ball will do a little bit, so yeah.. they will do well.”Adaptability is the key, said one of Australia’s finest fast bowlers.”I think a lot of it depends on how the players adapt. You got to adapt a lot quicker these days. During my time, we used to get a couple of tour matches. They will have to adjust and adapt quicker. Obviously, there aren’t enough tour matches to really get used to the conditions. They will just have to rely on past experience,” McGrath said.Virat Kohli determined to get fit for England tour: “Doing what I can”McGrath also picked the upcoming battle between Virat Kohli and James Anderson as the one to look out for.”Kohli is a more experienced player now. Quality player, no doubt about that. But English conditions are very tough. When you have got a bowler like Jimmy Anderson, who is bowling well now, it is going to be hard work. You got to be prepared to work hard. Kohli is a quality player so I am looking forward to that contest,” McGrath told media persons during an interaction.advertisementKohli wins International Cricketer of the Year at CEAT awardsMcGrath made it clear it will be foolhardy to only depend on Kohli and in case he fails, it will give other players to raise their hands up.”You always want your best batsman performing. However, it also gives another batsmen a chance to put his hand up and there are still some quality batsmen there, some quality players there. If India are really depending on one player, they have got it wrong…”, he added.While Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t have a great run during the four-day games in England, the mere experience will prove to be handy, according to McGrath.”I have not seen what the conditions are like in the UK. Pujara, even though he hasn’t got runs, he will be there. Just being used to the conditions, I think that will help him,” he opined.Speaking on the ball-tampering scandal, McGrath admitted that the act was naïve but he feels that one year ban for Steve Smith and David Warner was a bit too harsh.”To think they can get away with it, was very naive… getting caught and they way it was all handled and then the punishment, it is quite extreme,” he said.Asked if he thought ball-tampering can be stopped, the legendary Aussie pacemen said it is up to the umpires and match referee to be proactive.”The umpires are in a good position. They can see what is happening. If anyone gets caught, the punishment may be a bit harsher,” he added.He also felt that Smith and David Warner would come back stronger from the incident and also as better persons.”Everyone makes mistakes. I think Steve Smith will come back a better player, a better person. Same for Davey Warner. Davey, might find it a little tougher. Australia needs quality players in the team,” he added.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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