Glenn McGrath, the former Australian cricketer and a commentator in Channel Nine's cricket coverage has revealed that the legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar sledged him in English and said that calling an Australian a bad loser, was an awful insult that one could ever encounter.
During an interaction at the Chennai International Centre, the famous Australian fast bowler revealed, about the incident with Tendulkar, “I think there is no bigger insult than saying to an Australian that he is a bad loser or a cheat. Even Indians sledged. I was even sledged by Tendulkar in English.”
The kangaroos are widely known for their incandescent attitude on the field, which would at times get under the skin of the batsmen.
During the game, some inappropriate words being spoken by the players disrupts the batsman many a time, and the words would get into the batsman’s mind, resulting in him making the mistake.
McGrath recalled a conversation he once had during a commentary session with former England skipper Michael Vaughan about sledging, “When I was commentating, I asked Michael Vaughan (ex-England skipper), are the Australians worst sledging team in the world. He said `No'...And that we are not bad...But he did say Sri Lanka was the worst. I don't know if it was to do with any England-Lanka rivalry...But they didn't get caught like us! But if we played India or Sri Lanka, they would say something to us but no one would see it...but if we responded to it, then they go to the umpire saying things.”
During the India-Australia four-match Test series, it would be interesting to see for everyone whether the visitors make use of the sledging strategy against the hosts in February, when things could be tough for them on turning pitches against the likes of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
However, India as well as Australia would make certain that the chat remains under control and no incident happen during the series on the field, which outshines the game.