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McGrath, Warne take potshots at India bowlers

india Updated: Dec 22, 2011 01:49 IST
Rohit Bhaskar

Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne have together plotted the downfall of many a batsman in their playing days. The famed duo is now targeting India's bowlers, and this time letting their words do the job.

McGrath is never one to mince words, and everything he says is for intended effect. During his remarkable career he always made it a point to single out the best batsman in the opposition camp and torment him even before a ball had been bowled.

The ploy rattled even the best of them as Brain Lara and Sachin Tendulkar may well testify.

He may no longer wear the baggy green but the legendary fast bowler shows that old habits die hard.

Australia's most successful fast bowler was up to his old tricks as he singled out India's bowling led by Zaheer Khan, just returning from injury after an extended spell on the sidelines, and Ishant Sharma, who had an injury scare in the first tour match, as a possible weak link.

“They’ve got an awesome batting line-up, that’s definitely their strength. They lack a little bit in the bowling. They’re going to have to bowl well to compete with us. It will be interesting to see how they go out here. I saw them play England earlier this year and it was a fairly one-sided contest,” McGrath told the Sydney Morning Herald.

McGrath wasn’t the only former Aussie great who tried to put pressure on India’s bowler. Spin legend Warne also tried to pin the Indian bowlers down.

“England just beat them four-nil. They have got some wonderful batting and all that sort of stuff but I think their bowling is a bit weak. And if Zaheer Khan or Ishant Sharma goes down with injury then it should be a good time for the Australian batters,” he told reporters in Brisbane following a Big Bash match.

Bring it on

India’s left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, however, isn't reading too much into the statements. “It's their point of view. The way we guys are bowling, once we start playing, we will let the ball do the talking,” said Ojha.

The Indian team management had already warned them of the mind games the Aussies might employ, he added.

“One of the first points made in the team meeting was that they would try and come hard at you. You would have to be mentally strong and be calm and show (your stuff) with bat or ball,” he added.