Gleen McGrath: A bowler who has a record of taking most wickets in world cup
Gleen McGrath is an Australian player who is known as one of the greatest bowler Australia has ever produced. He is also famous for taking the maximum number of wickets in a world cup, this record is still unbeaten. This right arm fast medium bowler has an innate talent for the game. He has always delivered what his team wanted from his. McGrath has played an important role in Australian dominance in the cricket world in the mid-90s.
Gleen was born on 9th February 1970 in Bubbo to Kevin McGrath and Beverly. McGrath was brought up in Narromine, New South Wales. Since cricket was his only passion, thus he started playing at a very young age. His potential was noticed by Doug Walters in New South Wales and he was made his debut during the 1992-93 seasons for New South Wales. His performance in the first 8 first class matches secured him the spot in the national team. He met his first wife, Lane Jouise in 1995 and they got married in 1999. They had two children Holly and James, but then Jouise was diagnosed cancer and she died in 2008. A year later McGrath came across Sara Leonardi and he married her in 2010. They have a daughter together. Gleen is currently enjoying his married life.
Gleen started his domestic career in 1992 with New South Wales and he played for them till 2008. In 2000 he joined Worcestershire and performed for them pretty well. In 2004, he started playing for Middlesex and in 2008 he represented Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premier League.
Gleen made his debut test match in 1993=94 against New Zealand at Perth. He performed very well in that match. In 1995, Australia won a Test series against West Indies because McGrath decided that it was time to bounce the West Indies batsmen as well as bowlers for the first time. His, this approach got Australia the victory they were so baldy craving for. He made his debut in the ODI format of the game on the 9th of December in 1993. The match that he played was against South Africa. Like always, his performance in his match was excellent, thus confirming in place in the national team. The last Test match that McGrath played was on the 2nd of January in 2007 against England and his last ODI match was against Sri Lanka on 28th April 2007. His ODI shirt number was 11.
McGrath played 124 test matches and he scored just 641 runs, after all he was a great bowler not a great batsman. He had a batting average of just 7.36 and his top score was 61. He bowled 29248 bowls during his Test career, managed to take 563 wickets with a bowling average of 21.64 He took 5 wickets in an inning 29 times and thrice he took 10 wickets in an inning. His best in Test cricket was 8/24 and 10/27. His ODI career was equally impressive, he played 250 matches and scored just 115 runs, however he bowled 12970 runs and took 381 wickets. he took 5 wickets in an innings 7 times and his best was 7/15.