Glen McGrath is a former Australian international cricketer and a commentator for Channel Nine’s cricket coverage. He was a fast-medium pace bowler and is considered one of the greatest bowlers in cricketing history, and a leading contributor to Australia’s domination of world cricket from the mid-1990s to the early 21st century.
Glen McGrath has advised the Australian bowlers on the broad strokes of how to succeed in India-pick wickets early, then stop the flow of runs, and wait until reverse swing comes into play. Mcgrath also stressed on the need to hit the right length-different for each of the Indian pitches.
“In the sub-continent, you don’t have that bounce, you don’t have that seam, you don’t have that carry. Okay, how are you going to take wickets? The new ball will still carry through quite well, so you are looking to take wickets caught in slips, caught behind with the new ball.
“Then you go through a patch when the ball really does nothing – it’s not carrying through, it’s not reverse swinging, so then you really have to do it up (stop the scoring). Work on the ball, the wicket’s going to be abrasive and after a while it will go reverse swing. As soon as that ball starts reverse swinging, it’s a little bit more in favour of the bowler and you can attack a bit more.” McGrath also warned the bowlers to be ready for long draining spells when they visit India.
“Be prepared to bowl long spells, build pressure and look to take wickets that way. So that’s my mindset in the sub-continent,” he said.
McGrath also explained how the right length to bowl is different in each of the Indian pitches.
“Ninety nine times out of a hundred it’s still hitting the deck, hitting the top off stump. A lot of people think that must be easy. but it’s a slightly different length on every wicket. There’s not going to be two wickets where it’s just the same length, so you have to adjust to the conditions and that’s where I felt I could adjust quite well,” he said.