Veteran fast bowler Glenn McGrath of his era expressed disappointment at the performance of Australian batsmen in the current series against India, calling them Ajinkya Rahane and Shubman Gill Recommended to take lessons from. McGraw is not happy with the Australian batsmen’s attitude so far in the four-match series 1–1. He told reporters, “Like most Indians, I am of the opinion that he (Indian bowlers) bowled the mindset of Australian batsmen and as I said earlier they (Australian batsmen) were a little scared.” ‘
McGraw said, “They were focusing on saving their wickets rather than scoring runs and dominating the bowlers. When you come to know that the batsman is struggling to stay on the pitch, it gives the bowler a little chance and then it does not take long for the batsman to get out.
He said, ‘I think the way Rahane batted, Gill batted, Rishabh Pant, Jadeja batted, these players showed how to bat. ‘
McGraw praised the Indian bowlers and described himself as a big fan of Jaspreet Bumrah. He said, ‘You cannot take credit from Indian bowlers. The way Jaspreet Bumrah has bowled in the series is fantastic. I am a big fan of Bumrah. I spoke to him on a few occasions and I like the way he thinks and implements it. ‘
McGrath is also impressed by the length at which Indian bowlers bowled. He said, ‘He (Bumrah) enjoys bowling under Australian conditions. Mohammad Siraj came into the team. I think he bowled at a good length. In Australia, sometimes you can get a good bounce and bowling short pitches but they bowled with good length.
McGraw praised Ravichandran Ashwin and said, ‘The way Ravi Ashwin bowls. He always bowled well in the first Test match but then could not maintain the same rhythm in the rest of the series but the way he bowled in Melbourne was unmatched.