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I think DRS kills the moment: Glenn McGrath

By Rashmi Nanda -

Glenn McGrath, the legendary Australian pacer said that the Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) kills some enthralling moment of cricket. Though in the starting, he was one of the ardent supporters of the DRS but he is now unhappy with this.

Currently, the legendary pacer is in India to guide aspiring pacemen at the MRF Pace Foundation, which is a coaching clinic for training fast bowlers from all over the world in Chennai, India.

On Monday, McGrath said, “I think DRS kills the moment. A bowler takes a big wicket and the whole team celebrates. Then the decision is referred and the verdict is ‘not out.’ It’s a big downer. It takes something away from the game.”

The Aussie commentator added, “Everybody makes mistakes. The umpires make mistakes. The DRS makes mistakes. But it all evens out in the end. I feel when the umpire gives you out, it should stay that way.”

As Australia, all set to tour India for four-match Test series, which will start from February 23 in Pune. McGrath hopes that the visiting team will play good cricket against India, “The Hobart Test against South Africa was low for Australia. After that, there were many changes in the team, skipper Steve Smith and David Warner led the way, and the team did very well against Pakistan. But the side will be up against it in India.”

McGrath said that playing spin would be a big challenge. He said on this, “The Australians have either been too aggressive or too defensive coping with spin in India. They have to find a way.”

The Aussie legend elucidated, “Look at Mathew Hayden. He wasn’t a very good player of spin to start with but learned to play here in Chennai. When the Aussies toured India in 2001, he was ready with a game-plan, sweeping the spinners. I think the sweep is an effective shot in these conditions.”

McGrath also felt that Australia had some good young batting talent. “Peter Handscomb has made a very good beginning to his Test career. And he is a fine player of spin.”

As the spinners play the main role in the triumph and McGrath believed that the Australian pacemen needed to strike still in the back-breaking Indian conditions. He said, “Mitchell Starc can bowl at speeds in excess of 150 kmph. He is a left-armer, swings the new ball, reverses the old. Josh Hazelwood moves the ball, get wickets. They will need to adjust to the Indian conditions. Reverse swing will be a factor.”

In 2004, when they had tour India that time McGrath played a significant role in Australia’s series triumph over the hosts as he had been taken 33 wickets in just eight Test matches at a respectable 21.30. McGrath stated, “We had a set team, were confident and had a game-plan. In 2001 too we came very close and were only denied by the brilliance of V.V.S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid.”

As Virat Kohli taking over the ODI and T-20 captaincy of the Indian Cricket Team, McGrath said on this, “This had to happen at some stage. When your Test captain also is also in the ODI and Twenty20 teams, I think he should the skipper in all formats.”

The legendary pacer was of the view that the modern Test sides mostly let down away from home. McGrath added, “Now the teams are very good at home and very bad away from home. That needs to change. For India to be really considered No. 1, it will have to win Test series in South Africa, Australia, and England. Teams need to travel better.”