New Delhi: One of India's most resolute and determined batsmen ever, Rahul Dravid, was a stern test for bowlers, especially in Test matches.
Popularly known as The Wall for his exceptional defensive abilities, Dravid has been one of the best players ever to don the Indian jersey.
The 43-year-old has had some of his best outings with the bat against Australians, facing the mighty Aussie bowling attack which included the likes of Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee, etc.
When asked to name the toughest fast bowler he ever faced, Dravid named McGrath as the one who gave him most trouble.
"They (Australia) were the best cricket team in my generation. Amongst them all, the greatest bowler that I played against, not only the greatest Australian bowler, but the greatest fast bowler (that) I played against has to be Glean McGrath," said Dravid as reported by PTI.
"He (McGrath) was absolutely (brilliant), no one challenged my knowledge of the off-stump as much as McGrath did. He was relentless and gave you nothing. A lot of times, whether he is bowling in first hour of the morning or late in the afternoon of in the evening, he (McGrath) was going to give you nothing, he was relentless (and the) accuracy," said the man who scored 13288 runs in 164 Test matches.
He further went on to heap praise on the Australia fast bowler saying, "He was not mean as he looked, but he could be very very mean with the cricket ball because he gave you nothing. He was one of those guys you, while batting, think how to score a run and where is the extra-run going to come from. He just had that level of accuracy and control."
"He had good pace, bounce but a good game sense as well. McGrath was probably the greatest fast bowler I played against," concluded the former India captain.
(With PTI inputs)