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However, it is like a legend of the bowling game that the man from the rural town of Narrowmine, who went from sleeping in a caravan to having the best hitters in the world to toast, is the cricketer who has just turned 50 (February 9). known for. He visited the TOI office in Mumbai on Thursday and played another role, that of a guest sports editor. He talked about a variety of topics.
Glenn, what keeps you busy these days?
When he played, cricket used to be the only thing he could concentrate on. Now I have some sponsors. I speak a lot in corporations, commenting and training in India at the MRF Pace Foundation. I am also in a couple of tables; I have the McGrath Foundation, family. So these things keep me busy.
Now, I am here in India for a couple of days, doing some things for Tourism Australia. I want all of India to know that Australia is open to business. Come visit us. Explore what the country has to offer from the Great Barrier Reef, the desert, the rainforest and visit the main cities. Life is going well.
How is Australia recovering from recent forest fires?
All fires are off now. We had a very decent rain. So those areas are in recovery now and they look good. It was as big as it was when you think about the size with respect to Australia, which is a huge country. Most of Australia was affected. I think people who saw him from abroad probably thought that the whole country was on fire, but we are just letting them know that this is not the case. But what I find is just the show of support and generosity of people in the way they joined as a community and supported people in need. And I think that is very special. And I think that’s great about Australia.
What are the places in Australia that you recommend for a visit?
We have two T20 World Cups, one at this time with women and men a little later in October, and obviously then the Test Series against Australia versus India, which is always a great one. Then, you know, come see the main cities, the cricket fields, the beaches, the Kangaroo Island and the vineyards near Adelaide.
For me, life is about experiences. So when people come to Australia, take some extra time and experience the country. I recommend everyone to come to Australia, see Australia or India playing the final of both tournaments. I will not give you a prediction of who will win them because it might not fall too well. (Laughter)
The South Stars have won the T20 World Cup four times, but the men still don’t have the trophy in their hands. Do you think that may change in October?
It will be interesting Australia is at home. They are a very good team. They just had another great victory over South Africa overnight. So, if you can keep that shape and take it, you never know, but it’s still far away.
Women go for the fifth title. They look good against Bangladesh right now, but they still have to qualify, while Indian girls have qualified. But we don’t want to reach the peak in the first game. You want to build it and reach the maximum for the final. Fingers crossed. But now I am eager for the fact that there is now an independent women’s tournament that is great for women’s cricket.
The final is Women’s Day on March 8 at the MCG. It will be very special. We’re dating saying fill out the MCG. We want as many people as possible. I think the previous world record for a women’s sporting event anywhere in the world was in the USA. UU., Where China played against the USA UU. In a football match. They have just over 90,000 people. So, if I think it would also be brilliant on International Women’s Day, if we can set a new record in Australia.
He just turned 50 on February 9. Do you feel like a 50 year old man?
Yes, it’s my third 50 (laughs). I have one for Worcester, one for Australia. So, I’m on my way to get my first hundred. Then we will see how it goes.
However, you had a batting average of less than 10 …
Yes. Therefore, it makes my 61 (versus New Zealand in Brisbane) even more special. I tried to explain to Ricky Ponting and said my batting average was six and I got 61 (more laughs).
I will put it in terms of Sachin. Okay, Sachin averages more than 50. So, for me to score 61 would be like Sachin scoring more than 500 in one inning. But then I only scored 640 odd runs in my career, which is almost 10% in one inning. How many runs did Sachin score in his career? I know Ricky was barely 14,000.
So, to break it down further, that was like Sachin scoring 1500 runs in one inning.
But how do you feel when you turn 50? Because, you know, you are an elite athlete and athletes have the image of always being young.
When I turned 40, it wasn’t that bad. Then, when all my friends started turning 50, it gets a little scary. I’m not sure it’s sunk. You know, you never feel older. The mind is still willing; Maybe the body is no longer so willing. I don’t feel older than when I was enough until I look in the mirror.
His career: 563 wickets in 124 tests and 381 scaps in 250 ODI, is a lesson in longevity …
There were some things that kept me well. I had a pretty good action, quite repetitive and stress free. I had a very short delivery step, which meant I could stay tall and increase the power, but unfortunately it didn’t mean I was going to play a hundred miles per hour. I trained very hard. I returned to the team during the West Indies tour in ’95 after an injury. I just made my place in the team for the first time, and it weighed 77 kilos. So, he was as tall as now … very skinny and hurt. And I thought that if I keep doing what I’m doing, I won’t last long. So I went out and found a coach, Kev Chevell.
His philosophy was to train me much harder than anything I experienced in the middle, playing. I expected the season to begin just to rest. I think that created my work ethic. I also had good genetics. My grandparents were in an ‘osteoporosis survey’. And they have a really high bone density. My bone density is also very high.
It is important to note that I have always liked having a low season too. At least every year, or every two years. It is similar to filling your car with gasoline. If you continue driving your car and do not reload it, sooner or later you will run out of fuel. And the quick bowling is a bit like that. Run in bowling, little by little every day. So, if you don’t have a low season to regain that strength, sooner or later, you will pay the price.
Today, we have the IPL in a window where I guess most of the teams would have been resting in the past. Players, especially fast bowlers, must choose if they need a low season to increase their strength. Otherwise, the possibility of injury increases.
You said you had a fairly repetitive action. It’s more like a worker-like approach … you come to the office and do the same for hours together. Is that what kept you going?
I had the confidence. Above my brand, I knew exactly which ball I wanted to throw. And I used to start running, relax, sing a song for me … just turned off that little voice and just ran in. He didn’t want to play where the batter wanted the ball, because he had good control. I was tall; I have a little bounce, a little seam movement. I knew that I could keep him there all day, which also allowed me to have more fielders in slips and catch areas. I felt I was running hard and putting a lot of effort into every ball I threw. But then I watched the replay on television, and it seemed like I was jogging and turning my arm.
Did you make an effort to stay angry?
More controlled aggression, I would say. If you had that controlled aggression, you had to be prepared to run. The more I played, the better I felt. So you had to be prepared for battle and win the challenge. It is funny. I hadn’t missed playing from the moment I retired, until the next day, and I was thinking: when you walk across the field, you face a large crowd and experience that atmosphere, the noise is incredible. feeling and placing himself at the top of his mark, ready to throw that first ball or even in the pressure situation he knows, the death of an international match. That feeling cannot be replicated in any other way of life. And if I miss something, that’s it. I love the pressure. It made me relax and feel even more comfortable.
How difficult was it to enter the Australian team? Your coach and even your captain said that the fishing rod is more talented than you …
I grew up in a small town called Narrowmine (New South Wales) and left it 30 years ago. It had 3,000 people and still has that amount. I only played cricket because I loved it. I had some confidence in myself … some confidence. I was happy with who I was as a person and I was happy to spend time alone. Then, I was comfortable in my own skin. And I did not listen to these people. When I moved to Sydney for the first time, there were many people who said I was wasting time, because it was only good enough for Narrowmine. I didn’t play cricket for minors much. But I only played because I enjoyed it. And I moved to Sydney to try. And then, after attending the cricket academy in Adelaide, I realized what it meant or was to be a professional cricketer. That was a great turning point for me. He knew exactly what he had to do. He knew exactly how to do it. And I had no doubts. I would not cheat. So that clear path with that confidence helped me. And of course, that was not a bad Australian team to play, or yes! After four years of moving to Sydney, I was playing for Australia. No hard feelings. I was quite relaxed and focused on what I wanted to achieve. I had confidence in myself and was prepared to work hard and was always looking to improve. My goal was to play the perfect game where each ball went exactly where I wanted. I was close in a one-day game against New Zealand, where I estimate that 59 of 60 balls went exactly where I wanted them to land.
Why is fast bowling such a difficult art?
It is only the nature of the beast. Being a fast bowler is hard for the body without a doubt. You have to be prepared to put the extra work. You have to be prepared to work harder and longer than any other person on the team. And then it’s about recovering and preparing for the next day. I think I was one of the lucky ones, where the more I played, the better I felt. While some boys, the more they play bowling, they get tired, it hurts. But because I had a fairly stress-free action, everything helped. It is only the nature of the beast. We put so much stress on our body every ball we throw. The possibility of injury is high.
We hear stories about bowlers who keep a coin in the field and try to hit it. Were there such things you did to develop that accuracy?
It was about feeling for me. Just sit bowling with the correct length, and that correct length is not the same at each pitch. It is being able to adapt and adjust. It all comes down to execution. So, on a court that is doing a little more, you know ‘it’s fine, I have to be a little fuller’. And you just have to vary that length depending on the conditions. So I used to practice just hitting the top of the stump. I have never put a coin in the field or anything like that. But it was just a sensation.
I like the practice of shooting. At the MRF pace Foundation, we do a little of that, where we put a cone in a good length, or a cone in a length of Yorker, a cone in a gorilla length and they have to hit it and then get two teams and make it competitive. And it is surprising that the pressure that the boys exert on that face their partners, if they can do it there in a match, they can do it at will. So we try to make it as difficult as possible. But you can train to take advantage of those good areas and trust yourself that you are going to do it.
You talked about singing a song in your head, did you ever change the song?
I’m not very good singing out loud. But singing a song for me only in my head, whatever was on the radio that day, or whatever I heard at that time, was just the way to turn off that little voice. Yes, I said to myself: ‘I know how to play; All I need to do is relax, run and bowling. And so, just when I’m running and bowling, just singing a song in my head, everything is locked up. I don’t need to think, just relax and play bowling.
What was the song you sang in your head when you took 8/38 in Lord’s?
That was in 1997. I don’t remember what happened a week ago. I would have to review the 10 best songs at that time and see if there is anything there. But yes, it was never a specific song or anything like that, it was whatever I was listening to, it just helped me relax.
What was a bad day at the office for you?
I solved the difference very quickly between why I had a good day and why I had a bad day. When I had a good day, I was relaxed, bowling. I wasn’t thinking too much, I wasn’t worried about my action; I only worried where I was throwing the ball. When I had a bad day, I felt that I had forgotten how to play bowling. It feels like it comes out very slowly and the action felt terrible. So I was just trying to tell myself ‘relax, just think about where I want that ball to land’. And I ran, I tried to sing a song and, after one or two times, I suddenly had a good day again. So that was the difference, and I think all young cricketers, and especially young people, need to solve it. It’s good to know why you have a good day, but also to know why you have a bad day. And if you could solve both, you can change things very quickly.
When you enter a game, can you feel that?
You can feel it because yes, you feel terrible (laughs). But I also used to use a wicketkeeper. I would approach Gilly asking ‘just check out. Then, just see if you see something different with my action, ‘because he is the one who sees it day after day. And he said ‘no, it looks good’. Or if I went out for lunch or tea, I’d just watch some video. It really looks the same and that allowed me to relax. So just by having that confidence inside me did I know the process to change things.
When you returned to international cricket for injuries, did you prefer to go on the Sheffield Shield route? There was this controversy recently with Jasprit Bumrah who was not playing a First Class match and was immediately on the Indian team. He hasn’t been at his best …
It is interesting There were many times that I returned directly to international cricket without playing any state cricket. It just depends on whether it is the beginning of the season or where things are. Returning from an injury is like starting the season again. And it took a little while. The season would end up here (gestures). And the first game of next season, I wanted to start there. But it doesn’t work that way. And the first years, it bothered me and would affect my performance. Then I realized, to return there I have to start from here (gestures). And I’ll take it easy. Just build and after some games, you should be getting there. It’s just about knowing yourself, and that helped me.
If returning through the cricket shield would have helped, I don’t know. Maybe, maybe not, because they are different pressures. You return to the cricket shield; You are expected to take wickets. You have different expectations about yourself at the state level than you have at the international level, which is wrong. Therefore, we must tidy up our mind and our thought processes. So, regarding Jasprit, as long as his thought processes are good, he is not feeling the pressure of expectations, he is not thinking ‘I will return here. I have to build it. I have to take a little time. ‘ Just focus on putting the ball in the right area, feel how it comes out, play at a reasonable pace and the wickets will arrive. And that’s where you need to come back right now. As soon as you do, take one or two wickets and you will leave.
How do you rate Bumrah as a bowler?
He is a quality bowler. I like how he does it. I like your action. He is very unique, there is no doubt about it, but it has been very effective for him. So, if I should have returned at the state level, yes, it is difficult. The next game that comes out and takes a five for, everyone is happy, right? We are very results oriented when it comes to the public and the media, while, as a cricket player, you must be very process oriented. And if you feel comfortable and happy with the way you play bowling, but don’t take wickets, that’s fine. I knew the wickets were not far away. So it’s just his thought processes, and I think that for Bumrah, maybe, that’s where he is right now.
There is much talk about his action. How much does it cost your body?
Probably take a little because to generate that rhythm, you must try harder, especially in a short race. What Jasprit has in his favor are the last steps of his career, he actually generates and power through the fold, and then he has a very good follow-up.
You see boys with short careers, they try to develop it, do everything in the fold, and then they have a very short follow-up. Then, the fact that Bumrah, more or less, crosses the fold in his last steps and has a good follow-up is what keeps him in good place. The fact that he can return in his second and third spell and play so fast is a testament to that.
If he had a longer run, yes, he could save that little extra energy on each ball, maybe, maybe not, maybe he couldn’t play so well, who knows? But that’s how he works at his best and I think he had a couple of years or more without any injuries. Then that tells me that his action is fine. So, if he had the opportunity to have a low season and regain strength, I don’t know. But he is a quality bowler and is definitely unique, but he has found something that works for him.
Why did they call you a dove?
I was playing a game for New South Wales. And there were a couple of boys, Brad McNamara, who played a lot of cricket for New South Wales and Greg Matthews, and Mike Whitney, who played for Australia. I think all three have attributed that nickname. But they will continue to say that my legs were so thin that they resembled those of a dove.
So, a stupid comment like that and it’s stuck since then. And that has been my nickname. Before that it was Millard. And that was only because when I moved to Sydney, I lived in a caravan. And the type of caravan I lived in was a Millard. So there are no two very strong and aggressive names for a fast bowler. But you can’t choose your own nickname. And it’s just one of those things that stayed.
What kind of role does biomechanics play?
He did not play a very important role. At that time, it was more for people who were injured and returned from an injury or who had actions that meant the possibility of injury, but I think it is important to some extent that slowly the hips and shoulders are in line when you play and Energy advances where you want to play and everything is pretty good.
Everyone must have it. Everyone has their own action. We don’t want the robots to run in the bowling alley exactly the same, but the basics are very similar. So biomechanics is important. But if you have the perfect action, and you can’t take a wicket, or if you have the worst action in the world, you can play all day at the maximum pace, never get injured and take lots of wickets, who cares?
And there is the question of multiple formats …
Yes. I really enjoy playing all three formats, although I played only a handful of T20 matches. All require a different thinking process, a different planning.
If you can land the ball where you want to do it 99 times out of 100, then you will succeed. In a Test match, it’s about increasing the pressure, getting the ball to be in the same place. Cricket T20 is about containment. And then, on death, being able to throw slow balls, bowling yorkers.
You have to be able to mix it. Three New Yorkers, two slow balls, a gorilla and a long ball. Yes, it’s about execution.
Do you think The Hundred will be successful from next year …
It is interesting I’m curious why they decided to bring a completely new format with new rules. And maybe it’s English trying to do something. But it will be interesting to see how it goes.
I am very traditionalist. Cricket test is still the last thing for me. I enjoy a cricket day and cricket test. I understand that T20 cricket is fast, it’s exciting. It’s about bringing people to the game. And if we can attract more people to cricket, then it’s great. Hopefully, that will filter until Cricket Test. The Hundred is basically another format similar to the T20 but with only 100 balls. So yes, that is changing the structure of the game.
Does it add to the complications of an already complicated game?
If we also bring The Hundred, you have the test cricket, you have the one-day cricket, you have the T20 cricket and now you have the 100-ball cricket. Now try to explain that to an American who can’t understand cricket.
Cricket players are worshiped by heroes in India. Do you think there is a fear of failure among them due to the type of pressure to perform?
Here in India definitely, but at home we are normal people. I could walk the streets back home and nobody worries me. Even Sachin went for a walk recently and nobody bothered him. I could probably walk down the street without too much trouble.
Therefore, their athletes in Australia are highly esteemed. But not like cricketers here in India. Yes, cricket players are superstars around here. And even to visit cricket players. I guess there is more pressure on cricketers here. If Australia loses, there is not too much fuss at home or maybe just a little. While here, it is, you know, when you have 1.3 or 1.4 billion people. It is a little more pressure than 25 million people. Yes, there is more pressure on Indian cricketers. But the rewards are much more than anyone.
You faced the worst part of Indian fans when you took Sachin out with that LBW in Adelaide. Apparently you also received death threats after Darryl Harper gave him away …
Yes, it’s a shame they didn’t have the DRS back then. So what happened there was that Sachin had just entered. I don’t think I scored at that stage. It was still zero. I tried to throw a gorilla and disturb it. And he did not get up. He stayed low. And Sachin is not the tallest player at best. And he bent down and the ball hit him on the shoulder. And from where I was looking, I thought I was hitting the stumps. I could see the bails on his head. Then I appealed and the referee gave it. I still think he’s out. Sachin still thinks the ball was cleaning the stumps by a ball and a half. So in the old days when the referees gave him away, that was all.
Then we went to Melbourne and Sydney for the tests, yes, I received some death threats. I had security My family had security in Sydney because Cricket Australia received death threats for me, because I took out Sachin. It was an unusual weird dismissal.
Did you discuss it with Sachin in your meetings with him after all these years?
We had a function a few years ago at MRF, where Sachin came and talked to the children and then we had a question and answer session and one of the questions was about that dismissal, and he was still convinced he was out. He was also sure about it and said he was not out. Some people said that you have to be hit in the leg to be a leg before the wicket and shoulder do not count (laughs).
Have you ever been a DRS fan?
I would probably have taken more wickets with him. When the DRS arrived, I was also a fan of him. I liked it, but now that I’ve seen it in use, and it’s used for everything, but for the way it was designed, and I guess human nature is not finding different ways of doing things. And DRS is now a tactic.
Yes, you will win and lose test games based on how well or how badly you used DRS. And I don’t agree with that. But that is the modern cricket. Until we have it exactly in black and white, which I don’t think we’ll ever do, there will be problems.
How worried are you about the health of Test Cricket? Do you still feel that there is an audience among cricket fans?
I like to think there is. I speak with many Australian cricketers and they still have it in high esteem. I think English cricketers think the same too. If the Indians love trial cricket, they will survive at the end of the day, just for the passion and the large number of people and how they feel about cricket in this country. So, when the T20 cricket first came about, I was worried that it would have a negative impact on the test cricket. And I remember that in the second Indian Premier League in South Africa, I was sitting talking with Matthew Hayden, and I mentioned my thoughts and said that I actually saw it from a different perspective. He thought that T20 cricket had the potential to attract new people who don’t see cricket to the game, had the potential to bring cricket to countries that don’t play cricket. And it was a way we could really grow the game. And once these people got interested in cricket, it would filter to Test cricket. So I think it’s a real possibility, but it will depend on the boards and the players themselves. If you have young cricket players who still want to represent the country that plays test cricket, then I think it will be healthy. If young cricketers just want to play T20, or go for the dollar, glamor and everything else that goes with it, they may have difficulties, but we have to keep it fresh and move on.
I am not a big fan of the idea of having four-day tests. I like five days, but I like the cricket Test in the light of day. I think the way it worked in Australia and the way it was supported, and the way people have come to the game. I think that is one way we can keep Test cricket moving forward and keep it fresh and alive, and I am happy that Virat has agreed to play Day-Nighter in Adelaide later this season.
What are the lessons you take from the ball manipulation saga?
It is interesting We have always shone the ball. And I think that is the limit. I don’t agree with rubbing the ball on the floor. I don’t agree with putting mints on the ball. What happened in South Africa is definitely wrong. It is up to the ICC to make a decision in this regard and be similar in all areas. I know that Australians learned a hard lesson. Hopefully other countries have it too.
Who do you think are the three best bowlers among the current crop?
All Australians Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Starc. (Laughter). But seriously, Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada. I also like Neil Wagner.
Australian sport is sometimes considered too aggressive. Do you think that is a characteristic that they should keep?
It is the Australian way. As players, we probably won’t look too aggressive. We play hard in the middle. But it has always been a mantra to play hard but fair and as soon as you leave the field, you become partners again.
If you think Australians play hard against other countries, wait until you see that Australia plays against Australia or that your teammates play against their partners. Then you have some aggression. You want to see well, hard cricket.
Look at the way Virat does it. I want people to go out and show emotion. I like aggression but controlled aggression. I don’t want to see robots running without showing emotion. But there is a very fine line there. And we have to keep that line.
Some people said he was quite aggressive when he played. I think there is a line there that should never cross. A little chat is fine. When it comes to abuse or personalization, there is no place for that in world cricket, or anywhere else, but a little friendly jokes is always good.
Sled, I think it’s the wrong term. It just sounds bad. And it’s never as bad as anyone says it is. Then we should use the term Steve Waugh, which is skill for play or mental breakdown (laughs).
The Australian team in the early 2000s was one of the best. ¿Te diste cuenta de que eras algo genial? ¿Cómo se sentía en el vestuario?
Supongo que sí, mientras juegas, nunca te considerarías un gran equipo ni nada de eso. Pero había algunas grandes personalidades en ese equipo y cualquiera de los 11 o 13, en el día podría ganar el juego. Y eso es bastante raro. La mayoría de los equipos tenían dos o tres muchachos que tenían ese Factor X. Creo que el equipo australiano tenía todo el equipo y un equipo muy unido. Y creo que uno de los secretos de nuestro éxito fue que no solo disfrutamos nuestro propio éxito, sino que también disfrutamos el éxito de nuestros compañeros de equipo. Y si tienes eso en un equipo deportivo o un equipo de negocios, vas a tener éxito. Nos respaldamos y nunca temimos perder. En el vestuario estaba bien. Teníamos Warnie (Shane Warne). Él estaba aquí (nivel alto) mientras que el resto de nosotros estábamos aquí (nivel medio). Nosotros aceptamos eso. Creo que Shane aceptó eso y nos llevamos bien.
Brian Lara anotó más carreras en Australia cuando tú y Shane Warne estuvieron en el once que Tendulkar. ¿Era más difícil de jugar?
Ese fue Brian. Nunca cambió su juego. Puede que lo haya sacado 15 veces, pero también anotó grandes cientos y el doble de cientos contra nosotros cuando Warnie y yo estábamos jugando juntos para Australia. Cuando era su día, podía hacer absolutamente cualquier cosa. Sachin era igual de bueno, pero había algo en Brian a lo que podía seguir y era un poco más difícil que Sachin. Era más valiente.