<div class="img-caption-wrap img-caption-wrap-left"> <img alt="Sachin Tendulkar smashed us the only time I sledged him: Glenn McGrath" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130420175329.jpg" title="Sachin Tendulkar smashed us the only time I sledged him: Glenn McGrath" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:290px;"> Looking back at their duels, Glenn McGrath (left) stated that it was a huge challenge bowling to Sachin Tendulkar © AFP</p> </div> <strong>By CricketCountry Staff</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Mumbai: Apr 20, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> It was one of cricket’s most riveting contests: <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> pitted against <a href="/tags/Glenn-McGrath/post" target="_blank">Glenn McGrath</a>. A batsman who liked to dominate bowlers and a fast bowler who gave little away with his robotic accuracy.<br /> <br /> McGrath considers Tendulkar as technically correct and mentally strong. The great Australian spoke about Tendulkar for the special feature by Outlook magazine to herald the Little Master’s 40th birthday.<br /> <br /> Looking back at their duels, McGrath stated that it was a huge challenge bowling to Tendulkar. "He remains a top class player and has ensured a place in the history books for scoring the most runs in Test cricket, a record that I think will never be broken. He is technically correct and mentally strong — I have nothing but respect for him," said McGrath.<br /> <br /> McGrath troubled Tendulkar when India travelled to Australia in 1999-00. "In Australia you get a little extra bounce and sideways movement, so I just tried to put the ball in the right areas and use the movement against him. I never prepared differently against Sachin but loved the competition," said the former fast bowler when asked about his success Down Under against the then Indian captain.<br /> <br /> Tendulkar’s moment of dominance against McGrath came in the <a href="/tags/ICC-Champions-Trophy/post" target="_blank">ICC Champions Trophy</a> in 2002. The Indian opener launched an assault on McGrath from the very beginning and put him off his length. "At the top level, it’s always a mental game — bowlers and batsmen trying to find an edge over one another is what it’s all about. I remember that game in Kenya. Early on, Sachin played a pull shot that went straight up in the air, but the breeze carried it just over the boundary for six. I felt a little unlucky, because anywhere else it would have been a good chance to get him out with an easy catch. After that moment I gave Sachin a little sledge — one of the only times I did that in my career. He proceeded to smash us all over the ground," said McGrath.<br /> <br /> Asked about Tendulkar’s popularity in Australia, McGrath said: "Australia is a sports-mad nation and love their cricket, especially players of the highest calibre. Back when Don Bradman played he had a worldwide profile; I think Sachin enjoys a similar adulation as he’s at that level. He was a massive challenge. Sometimes I enjoyed success; at others he scored some big 100s."<br /> <br /> Australians often indulge in a sledge here and there. <a href="/tags/Steve-Waugh/post" target="_blank">Steve Waugh</a> had termed sledging as a process of 'mental disintegration’. When asked why he didn’t say much to Tendulkar, McGrath said: "My success against him came when I didn’t say a great deal. I realised quickly it was best not to talk too much."<br /> McGrath lauded Tendulkar for his passion and commitment. "[H]e still competes in the Ranji Trophy in between Test series," said the star fast-bowler.<br /> <br /> When asked to describe his favourite Tendulkar moment, McGrath said: "There are so many, it’s hard to pinpoint one. I remember clearly the days he smashed us around for 100s, but also the World Cup back in 2003 when he hit me for four off the second ball and I happened to get him out next ball. I’ll always remember Sachin as a quality cricketer, one of the best of all time. Importantly, he’s also a great bloke, one of the nicest I have met in the game."