when i look at glen mgrath, i see nothing in natural talent, well ofcourse hes talented, but nowhere near as naturally talented as other great bowlers in cricket history
he has a very simpel action, jus great seam position and very good accuracy
and accuracy is more practice then natural talent
he has simply got batsmen out by boring the hell outa them through out his career
its just that he is very patient, really smart and knows his limitations well
try to change his lenght by charging down the wicket, it wont effect him, he knows the game too well
so many bowlers these days try to bowl too quick, try to get too much swing, rarely do they jus keep pitching the ball on a perfect lenght
asif is the only one in world cricket who seems to have the same mentality as mgrath, maybe even pollock
but staying on topic
consider wasim akram, this guys jus pure talent, quick, short run up, amazing pace, amazing swing while mgrath has been more then anything a seam bowler
mgrath has been able to produce minimal swing through his career, yet poepel can argue he is as great if not a greater bowler the wasim, and its a very solid argument.
all im saying is that, its just amazing, mgrath isnt a guy that jumps out at u, he wouldnt have been picked from the street because he simply would not have stood out, infact, hes the least likely to catch the eye, yet he is the greatest bowler in the world today
it just goes to show that talent is incredibly overrated in sports it also shows that anyone with a very good know how about the game, a very good work ethic, can make it big,
and ive been follwing basketball, soccer and american football all my life, theres jus numerous examples of this in every sport. In basketball there is tim duncan, he is the mgrath of basketball and the list goes on and i think its great.
mgrath is no freak of nature, and he does not do anything spectacular if u look at his wickets on an individual basis, but overall his performaces have been quiet spectacular.
i hope that asif doenst loose his way when he comes back from his suspension