4. Glenn McGrath
Not many bowlers can boast of counting Brian Lara as their bunny, for that fact alone, Glenn “Pigeon” McGrath deserves a spot in this list. Yet, Glenn McGrath had the rare ability to reinvent himself again and again throughout his career. Initially a fast bowler who bowled at over 140 kmph, he cut back on his pace as he grew older. He dismissed the notion that fast bowling is just about swing or pace or bounce . Most of his success was built on bowling in the right areas, at the right line and length. With the concentration of a Yogi, he would exploit the “corridor of uncertainty” and would get the bowl to move just a bit, but well enough to produce an outside edge. It is surprising to see that a bowler who use to bowl around 130 kmph inspire the kind of trepidation in batsmen that Glenn McGrath did.
No performance of McGrath can come close to his 8/38 vs England in the Ashes 1997 at Lord’s.