Former Australia quick-bowler Glenn McGrath made a daring prediction in 2003 and it has actually aged properly. During the ICC World Cup 2003 in South Africa, then Aussie pacemen McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie had been requested to teach few kids in Pretoria. McGrath was fascinated by one of the bowlers and in his e book titled ‘World Cup Diary’, he talked about a 17-year-previous pacer because the participant to be careful for sooner or later.
“There are some promising fast bowlers among them, they all have good action and bowl with some pace,” McGrath had written in his e book.
“The one standout is a left armer, whose hero is Allan Donald — you can tell by the way he follows through, a mirror image of AD. His name is Neil Wagenaar and he’ll be someone to look out for it the future.”
Despite the spelling, McGrath’s prophecy has incredibly come true as Wagner is at the moment the second-ranked bowler in Test cricket. Wagner migrated from South Africa to New Zealand in 2008 and made his debut for Kiwis in 2012.
Wagner took notice of an image on social media, which had excerpts from McGrath’s e book and he wrote: “Didn’t know this!Amazing and extremely kind! Remember how awesome @glennmcgrath11 @BrettLee_58 was!Carried my bag back to my parents car!Feels like yesterday!!Pretty awesome memory and so cool to see them both a month ago in the middle of the SCG!”
Didn’t know this!Amazing and very form! Remember how superior @glennmcgrath11 @BrettLee_58 was!Carried my bag again to my dad and mom automotive!Feels like yesterday!!Pretty superior reminiscence and so cool to see them each a month in the past within the center of the SCG! https://t.co/ORUh9SZ56O
— Neil Wagner (@NeilWagner13) February 3, 2020
Wagner has been a revelation for New Zealand within the longest format lately and that has helped him develop into one of the very best pacers on the planet. The Black Caps had been blacked in Test sequence in Australia, nonetheless, Wagner was one of the few brilliant spots for the Kiwis as he scalped 17 wickets within the sequence.
Overall, he has scalped 204 wickets in 47 Tests for the Kiwis and is but to make his ODI and Test debut for New Zealand. The left-arm pacer shall be seen in motion within the two-match Test sequence in opposition to India the place he’s anticipated to hassle their star-studded batting line-up.