Sachin Tendulkar visits MRF Pace Foundation, interacts with budding fast bowlers

first_imgMaster batsman Sachin Tendulkar, on Friday, visited the MRF pace foundation in Chennai. He joined legendary former Australian Glenn McGrath, who heads the foundation, and interacted with budding fast bowlers training there.McGrath has been in the South Indian city for a while and has had sessions with the bowlers at the academy.Sachin Tendulkar, speaking on the ocassion highlighted the foundation’s exceptional service to the game.”It’s a special privilege for these budding bowlers to be trained under the mentorship of Glenn McGrath, one of the ace pace blowers the game has seen. I wish the MRF Pace Foundation the very best as they continue to contribute in developing the cricketing talent in India,” Sachin Tendulkar was quoted as saying by IANS.McGrath was excited to have the batting legend with him. He said: “It is indeed an honour to have the Indian iconic player Sachin Tendulkar in the midst of us. It’s exciting not only for the onlookers, but for ourselves as well for coming together to mentor the next gen bowlers.”Also read: Tendulkar to bat for Maharashtra’s tigers “McGrath is already working with the group and had some very good sessions with the boys. And Tendulkar’s presence will be the icing on the cake. Interacting with the two legends will be quite an experience for these guys,” an MRF official was quoted as saying to TOI.Sachin Tendulkar at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. (Photo credit: Twitter/ANI)Notably, Tendulkar, who wanted to train at the academy to become a fast bowler, was rejected by the then director of the academy Dennis Lillee.advertisementAlso read: Madras HC issues notice to BCCI on CSK plea The academy was set up under Lillee in 1987 to train budding fast bowlers at the Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School campus in Chennai. McGrath took over from Lillee in 2012 and since then he has been heading the Chennai based academy.An array of bowlers, who trained from the academy, have gone on to do well at the international arena. The notable list includes McGrath, Chaminda Vaas, Mitchell Johnson, Henry Olonga, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan.last_img read more

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