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McGrath looking forward to playing against Tendulkar

New Delhi, Apr 10 (UNI) Former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath today said there are few players of Sachin Tendulkar's calibre in the international arena and he is looking forward to play against him during the IPL.

Speaking at a press conference here after a practice session of the Delhi Daredevils, McGrath said,''playing against Sachin Tendulkar is always facinating for me.'' ''He is a class act. Whether it is Test or One-Day he is genius. But in the T20 format he can be distructive because the game is tilted towards the favour of batsmen,'' he added.

The 38 year-old, who retired from international cricket last year, arrived in Delhi on Tuesday night and attended fielding drills yesterday morning with the Delhi Daredevils, the franchise that bought him for 350,000 dollars.

McGrath, who has gained some weight after retiring from international cricket remarked,''I am excited about this new format of the game.

''Coming back to India for such a fascinating tournament is really great. Playing in IPL will be totally different expierence,'' he said.

Praising Chennai triple centurian and his captain in the event, Virender Sehwag, McGrath said playing with and under him will be really very challenging.

''Sehwag on his day can distroy any attack. He is very distructive and class player. We are lucky that he is with us,'' he said.

Replying to a question that according to a survey, 45 per cent of the Australian players wants to take retirement for playing him.

IPL, the tall pace bowler said it is really very surprising for his.

''It is surprising that Australian players are so facinate to play in the IPL. But I will disappoint if they join IPL before playing any international cricket,'' he added.

Referring to Indian hospitality and there love for cricket, McGrath said that the public here will recieve Symonds in a cordial manner.

''Inspite of all the controversies and bad blood during India's Tour down under, auction shows that what Indian think about Symonds,'' he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Delhi batsman Shikhar Dhawan said it will be a great expierence for players like him.

''Playing with great foriegn players like Glenn McGrath and Daniel Vittori will give a boost to my carrer and it also improve my game also,'' Dhawan said.

He also said he will play bowlers on merit, not on reputation.

''While playing I will watch the hand of bowlers not there name.

so I am confident enough of doing well in the event,'' he concluded.

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Story first published: Thursday, April 10, 2008, 20:07 [IST]
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