Glenn McGrath turns 49 today. He is regarded as one of the best medium-pacers to have played in cricket history. He has taken 563 wickets in 124 Tests and 381 wickets in 250 ODIs. McGrath was known for his consistent line and length bowling. Although he was not express pace, his nagging bowling on the line of the fourth stump made it difficult to score off him.
Cricwizz takes a look at the little-known things about the birthday boy Glenn McGrath.
‘Pigeon’ was the popular nickname of McGrath. But he was also known for various other nicknames such as Nobby, Millard, Kuly, Ooh Ah.
McGrath was not known for his athleticism or as a competent outfielder. But he had a strong throwing arm. In one incident, McGrath proved detractors wrong by taking “one of the great catches in history” as described by Steve Waugh. McGrath ran metres and leaped in the air with his arms outstretched and body horizontal to take a diving catch to dismiss Michael Vaughan off the bowling of Shane Warne in the 2002 Adelaide Oval Test against England. Waugh further desribed the catch as a “miracle”.
Glenn met his first wife Jane Louise in Hong Kong nightclub called “Joe Bananas” in 1995. They got married in 2001 and had two children. Jane McGrath died due to complication in post-cancer surgery in 2008.
McGrath played for Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural IPL in 2008. He took 12 wickets in 14 games that season. But he did not get a single game in 2009 before his IPL career came to an end.
McGrath said to have killed a variety of wild animals in a hunting safari in South Africa 2015. He was seen in a photo crouched beside a dead buffalo, two hyenas and the tusks of an elephant. McGrath was heavily criticised for it. He later expressed his regret.
This is a unique feat from McGrath. Did you know Mcgrath holds a unique record of picking a wicket off his last ball of Test career, last ball of ODI career and last ball of t20 career?
Ducks tales. McGrath holds the Australian record of most ducks (35) in Test cricket. In contrast, McGrath holds the record for dismissing the most batsmen for ducks in Tests (104).
McGrath met his second wife Sara Leonardi, an interior designer, in 2009 IPL. The two got married in 2015 and have a daughter named Harper.
Despite his obvious weakness with the bat, McGrath has one fifty in Test cricket. He scored 61 against NZ at Brisbane in 2004. He stitched a 114-run stand for the 10th wicket with Jason Gillespie (54*) in that match. Overall, McGrath holds seven highest tenth wicket partnerships, and two tenth wicket partnerships of 100 plus.
McGrath played four World Cups and was part of the final each time. He was part of three World Cup titles and one runners-up in 1996.