Former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath has reacted to dream debuts of two young Indian pacers Chetan Sakariya and Sandeep Warrier in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka. Both of them made their T20I debuts in the third game against Sri Lanka, Though India lost the game and the series, two more young Indian pacers got their India caps making the Indian future pace battery looking bright.
Sakariya had earlier made his ODI debut as well in the series against Sri Lanka. Nine Indian players being sent to isolation opened up an opportunity for Warrier to make his India debut as well in the process. McGrath took the opportunity to laud the Indian pacers, both of whom were a product of the MRF pace foundation. The foundation has been instrumental in producing the best fast bowlers for India and McGrath has been an integral part of the foundation as well. He has been training several young pacers at the MRF academy and inspiring them to play for India.
“A huge congratulations to both @sakariya chetan & Sandeep Warrier for making their debut for India @_official_bcci_ So proud of you both” tweeted McGrath congratulating the young Indian bowlers.
Glenn McGrath Congratulates Sakariya, Warrier On India Debuts
A huge congratulations to both @sakariya.chetan & Sandeep Warrier for making their debut for India @_official_bcci_ So proud of you both. #mrfpacefoundation #fastbowlers #indvsl https://t.co/OUeMsnlFEz
— Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11) July 31, 2021
Sakariya and Warrier were part of the MRF Pace foundation in Chennai, which Glenn McGrath is the president of.
“My body would drop during release. The MRF camp with Glenn sir helped me improve on action, fitness as well as line-and-length. He analysed my action in the video footage and suggested the corrections. My previous action was slightly injury-prone. He told me if I improve in these departments, I will have more pace and I can remain injury-free for a long time,” Sakariya had told Sportstar in an interview.
Tears of joy! ☺️
The wait is finally over. Welcome to international cricket, Sandeep Warrier. 👏 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 29, 2021
Sakariya picked up 2/34 on his ODI debut followed by 1/34 in the second T20I which India narrowly lost by three wickets. Warrier went into tears after receiving his India cap from bowling coach Paras Mhambrey. He went wicketless as Sri Lanka wrapped up the series with a seven-wicket win in the final T20I.