Indian speedster Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has revealed that he looked up to Australian great Glenn McGrath for inspiration. He further said that he tried imitating McGrath during his early days when he started playing cricket.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar confessed that McGrath’s line and length impressed him when he started learning fast bowling, so much so that he follows the veteran play to this date.
“I realized that given my lean physique, I wouldn’t be able to imitate the bulkier Shoaib Akhtar. Instead, I looked to Glen McGrath for inspiration. His strength and his line and length really impressed me. Till this day, I try to learn and emulate his seam position and how he makes the ball cut away from the wicket,” Kumar said in a class with FrontRow.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has played 114 ODIs, 21 Tests, and 43 T20Is for India. During those matches, he has gathered several accolades to his name. He is the first Indian bowler to take fifers in all the three formats of the game. He holds the distinction of dismissing ‘The God of Cricket” for a duck.
He is among the finest fast-bowlers of the Indian cricket team. Sharing his tips on perfecting fast-bowling, he said, “Fast bowling is certainly tough because of the toll it takes on your body. However, if you are committed and dedicated, and pay attention to certain technical aspects, you can learn and improve.”
Bhuvneshwar’s injury-prone career has kept him off the team and he hasn’t played since 2019.
“My first cricket memory is of watching India’s 1999 World Cup game against New Zealand. I remember I was watching the game at home with my sister and I cried a lot when we lost. I will never forget that moment because that was when I realized how passionate I was about this game.”
The Meerut-born pacer started his journey in the game with gully cricket. He accredited his mentor for helping him in achieving all he has in his career.
“In gully cricket, everybody thinks of themselves as an all-rounder. When I went to the academy for the first time with my sister, and the coach asked me what I did, I said everything. He saw something in me that made him hand me the ball, and since then I have never looked back.
Advising the aspiring cricketers, Bhuvneshar said, “However, I strongly advise all budding cricketers to keep practising. Coaches can share their teachings with you, but there is no short cut to the hard work you must put in“