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Lara pips Sachin in McGrath’s book; Cummins best of the lot now

Bowlers’ nightmare: Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara have been the subject of many a discussion on who’s the best.  

Australia’s Pat Cummins is the most complete pacer among the current crop, says the legendary Glenn McGrath, who feels fast bowlers, in general, are “better blokes” and more hard-working than batsmen.

McGrath was answering 25 rapid-fire questions from ESPNCricinfo on a range of subjects, including who he would like to see as himself in a biopic.

Asked to name the most complete bowler in world cricket now, McGrath replied: “Pat Cummins. I like the way he goes by.” Cummins is currently No. 1 in ICC Test rankings and fourth in the ODI list.

One of the best fast bowlers through the ’90s till late 2000s, McGrath also addressed the big debate of his era — who was harder to bowl at, Sachin Tendulkar or Brian Lara?

“Tough,” he said when asked to pick between the two icons. “I would go with Lara just from my experience. The hat-trick wish-list would be Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.”

Asked if there was any delivery missing from his armoury, he replied: “the 100miles per hour delivery.”

According to him, bowlers work a lot harder than batsmen. “Fast bowlers are better blokes, work harder while batsmen expect everything,” he opined.

Asked if he would indulge in ‘Mankading’ a batsman in a World Cup final where he has to get the last wicket but with only two runs to defend, the legendary pacer said he would never do it.

He also feels that after watching Jim Carrey’s performance in ‘Dumb and Dumber’, he would like the iconic funny-man to play his role if a biopic is ever made on him. “Brad Pitt or Hugh Jackman,” are his other choices.

Away from cricket, the sporting legends he has felt privileged to meet include Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt, tennis icon Roger Federer and five-time Olympic champion rower Steve Redgrave.

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