Former Australian pace spearhead Glenn McGrath, who is currently the in-charge of MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai feels the aggressive instincts of ‘cricketer Anil Kumble’ can be reflected in his new role as a head-coach of the Indian cricket team.
Talking about Kumble’s appointment as coach, the former New South Wales bowler said, “I think it’s a great move. I have always believed bowlers are the smartest ones (laughs).”
“Whether you are batsman or a bowler, you have to be a good man-manager. I think Anil has been there for a long time in the game, and I am sure he would do a very good job as coach of the Indian team. I haven’t seen him as a coach, but as a player, Anil was a fighter who wouldn’t give an inch, and he will take the same attitude into his coaching as well,” he further added while talking with Times of India.
Meanwhile, discussing on India’s chances on the upcoming tour of West Indies, McGrath feels the current West Indian pitches are ‘like Indian wickets’ and he pinned his hopes on the bowlers of Virat Kohli-led team to deliver the goods.
“The wickets in West Indies are a little different to what they used to be earlier. They are more like Indian wickets, and I am sure the Indian bowlers would do just fine. The current Indian bowling unit has played around the world and knows how to adjust to the conditions,” McGrath was quoted.
Before signing off, the 46-year old legend was asked to comment on the concept of Day-Night Tests, using the pink ball, especially the recent reports about bowlers getting some extra advantage, bowling under lights.
“I think they have got some work to do to get things right (bringing equality between bat and ball). Last year, the Day and Night Test match in Adelaide was a success. But, they have a few issues to iron out which I am sure will be done so in due course.
“I feel the concept of Day & Night Tests is really good as it will bring in the crowds. We have got to keep Test cricket going as players across the world look to play the oldest format of the game for their respective countries,” he added.