Hard work is Kohli’s mantra, says McGrath

The former Australian speedster is also impressed with young Indian fast bowlers.

Glenn McGrath during a training camp.   -  Vivek Tripathi

Former Australia pacer Glenn McGrath heaped praise on India skipper Virat Kohli, saying the star batsman has a work ethic that is second to none.

McGrath, who is in the city for a two-day workshop with KSCA cricketers and coaches organised by MRF Pace Foundation, explained that Kohli's rise to the top was all down to hard work.

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On Kohli: I tell the MRF boys that Kohli works harder than anyone else. He didn’t get to this level by mistake. I was commentating in the Adelaide Test, when India played Australia the last time they went there.

I used to head to the hotel gym in the morning, and I would see Virat getting some work in as preparation for the day. I didn’t see any other player. That's why he is number one in the world.

Touring teams: My biggest issue is with touring teams. When Australia goes to England or India, we don’t do well. When England went to Australia, they lost 5-0. Touring teams is the biggest issue because you'd like to see a more competitive series.

It could be a scheduling issue, as teams don't play two or three practice games like we did in order to get used to the conditions. Teams need to find ways to perform better when they tour.

Young Indian fast bowlers: I have enjoyed working with young Indian bowlers, and I am impressed with their energy and passion for the game. Each time I come here, it's nice to see the improvements. We try to make sure most of them go on to play the next level — Ranji Trophy, IPL or India-A. We have a few of our (MRF Pace Foundation) boys playing for India-A at the moment, like Khaleel Ahmed, M. Prasidh Krishna and Ankit Rajpoot.

I am a big fan of Ankit. I think he has the potential to go on to represent India. I like his attitude, the areas that he bowls, and he has big strong legs. We have Basil Thampi in the IPL as well. Hopefully many of our boys can go on to represent India soon.