Sachin Tendulkar-Glenn McGrath is a regal match up and the sheer mastery involved in the duel is of epic proportions. This is a head to head that has given purists immense joy and it’s the sort of rivalry that cricket feeds on. There was never dearth of mutual respect between the two but sometimes in the heat of the battle there were a few words exchanged.
Sachin Tendulkar always thrived in Australia against undoubtedly the best team of his generation and in their own backyard. There were times when the Australians thought that if the Mumbaikar is kept quiet and they can keep churning away at the wickets from the other end, then that’s job done. One such occasion arose during the Adelaide Test match of 1999.
McGrath kept Sachin quiet by bowling outside the off stump and the plan was to let the ball go through to Gilchrist from his end and attack the other one. However, Sachin kept patient and batted through till stumps and told the Aussie bowler to ‘go back and bowl again as I am still there’. Patience as it generally does, paid rich dividends and the Master Blaster successfully hit ‘pidge’ for a few boundaries next morning.