On this day bowling-great Glenn McGrath was born in Dubbo in Australia. The lanky paceman, who has won three World Cups for Australia, entertained the world with his bowling. His ability to take wickets always fascinated cricket lovers cutting across the boundaries. However, McGrath was not fond of cricket from his childhood days. It was a life-changing advice from Melinda Gainsford-Taylor that introduced the legend of the game to cricket. His medium pace and accurate line and length troubled great batsmen of his times. He turns 48 today.
Hence here are 10 interesting facts about the bowling legend
1) McGrath was taought to bowl behind sheds using a 44-gallon drum as a wicket
2) McGrath was a banker before becoming a cricketer. During his days at the bank, he used to sign withdrawal slips and pass them to girls and used to say, “keep this, because I’m going to be famous one day”.
3) When McGrath’s fiancé Jane moved to Sydney from Hong Kong she had little idea about the former’s fame. ‘People were shouting “Hey, Glenn” and “Ooh, ah”,’ she said. ‘I thought “he’s got lots of mates”, Jane said.
4) McGrath claimed Michael Atherton’s wicket 19 times in Test matches, the highest tally for any bowler against a batsman.
5) His teammates used to call him ‘pigeon’ because of his thin legs.
6) McGrath has 35 ducks, a record in ODI cricket. In 249 ODIs, his highest was 11.
7) McGrath took the wicket of Brian Lara as his 300th wicket
8) He is the first bowler to play 100 Test matches for Australia. In 2004, he played his 100th Test match against India in Nagpur.
9) Before the 2005 Ashes, McGrath said that if England wins the Ashes he will return home on a boat. England won the series 2-1 he took a plane to reach home.
10) He was called ‘bastard’ by Mick Jagger in a newspaper interview