Umesh Yadav's bowling at MCG was impressive: Glenn McGrath

Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath said he was impressed by Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav’s pace in the first Test at the MCG Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Jan 2, 2012

Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath said he was impressed with Indian pace sensation Umesh Yadav s performance in the first Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

In an interview to MiD Day, McGrath said,” He was quite impressive (at the MCG). He bowls at good pace. He seems to have a great attitude and most importantly, he’s a wicket-taking bowler. Perhaps, the direction and control are not there quite yet, but it’s not far away.

“He’s got that raw talent, good pace and can generate good bounce. He’s got a lot going for him at the moment. He definitely impressed me a lot down at Melbourne. I look forward to seeing him bowl again.”

The former Australian fast bowler was also impressed with the current crop of Australian bowlers. While praising the bowling line-up, McGrath said the current generation bowlers have shown a lot of promise which is a good sign for Australian cricket.

He said,” I have been very impressed with Peter Siddle — he’s got a great attitude, doesn’t give away anything and bowls in good areas. Ben Hilfenhaus swings the ball both ways at good pace and control and James Pattinson has all the attributes to be a great fast bowler for Australia.

“He’s tall and hits good areas. He’s also got good pace and solid aggression. I am very impressed with the whole unit. These are very good signs for Australian cricket. We still have Pat Cummins, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson in the wings. There’s a lot of competition for places. It’s fantastic for Australian cricket.”

McGrath also mentioned he regrets bowling less to Sachin Tendulkar in Australia, who is currently stranded on 99 international centuries. He said,” Yeah, this (SCG) is my favourite ground in the whole world. Luckily, I bowled to him here in 1999-2000, even dismissed him in the first innings. I would have loved to bowl to Sachin more in Australia. Unfortunately, I broke down with a knee injury in 2003-04 and was retired by 2007-08.

“As a bowler, you always want to bowl to the best in the world. That’s why I always loved bowling to the likes of Sachin, Rahul (Dravid), (VVS) Laxman and (Brian) Lara. Bowling to those guys helped me challenge myself and understand where I stand as a bowler, helmed me judge myself.”