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McGrath Looking Forward To IPL Second Edition

By on April 2, 2009

Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath is all set for the second season of the Indian Premier League. The hugely popular legend who was one of the stars of Delhi Daredevils, was looking forward to playing in India, but is nevertheless to bowl his heat out for Daredevils in South Africa, where the IPL-2 will take place.

McGrath will arrive in Delhi this week and will be part of the Daredevils’ week-long training camp.

The 40-year-old, whose only cricket commitment now is the IPL lost his wife Jane to cancer last year. He now spends time with his two children besides running a major charity organisation founded by his wife.

McGrath, who cricketing activity before the IPL-1 was the 2007 World Cup final is looking forward to the second season.

The Australian superstar was one of the most economical bowlers giving away just 6.61 runs an over and played 14 games in all.

“I struggled a bit last year, but that was more about Jane and how the situation was back home,” McGrath was quoted as telling Cricinfo in Australia.

“That won’t be a concern this time. Mum may bring the kids over for the middle period, depending on the schedule. My whole focus will be a lot different when I’m there, which I think will all be positive. Last time I think I did reasonably well considering I hadn’t played for 12 months. I have no doubts it will be similar this time, but my mindset will be different.

“There is a lot of incentive going over there with the money they’re offering. Cricket is not something that I have a great desire to get back and play at the moment. I’m very happy being retired and with everything that I achieved in my life. In saying that, as soon as I got on the field in India (in 2008), I couldn’t help being competitive. My natural instincts came out and I was away. That won’t be an issue.”

In January, Cricket Australia declared day three of the Sydney Test “Jane McGrath Day”, and SCG patrons responded by dressing in pink attire – the colour of the McGrath Foundation. There were generous donations, too.

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