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Spending time with McGrath will be fascinating, says Maharoof

Ever since Farveez Maharoof was a kid, he has idolised Glenn McGrath. Now the Sri Lankan fast bowler will get a chance to share the new ball with his hero when the two line up for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The lanky all-rounder, in an exclusive interview with The Indian Express, speaks about his fascination for McGrath, his injury frustrations, and about his IPL team.

Ever since Farveez Maharoof was a kid, he has idolised Glenn McGrath. Now the Sri Lankan fast bowler will get a chance to share the new ball with his hero when the two line up for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The lanky all-rounder, in an exclusive interview with The Indian Express, speaks about his fascination for McGrath, his injury frustrations, and about his IPL team. Excerpts:

What's the update on the injury that kept you out of West Indies tour?

I'm fit now. I've completely recovered from the side strain and have played a couple of first-class games to prove my match fitness. I am back to bowling in the nets and am looking forward to the IPL.

You are with Glenn McGrath and Mohammad Asif in the Daredevils team. Will there be any competition between you considering only four foreign players can be picked in one match?

Glenn McGrath is my childhood hero and I have always learnt a lot watching him bowl. Just to get to play alongside him, and to talk to him about my bowling will be fascinating. He's been an inspiration to me all my life. I've always believed that you need to keep learning all the time to improve. So there is no question of competition.

Does it frustrate you that you haven't stuck a permanent place in the Sri Lankan team despite being around for some time?

Yes, I've not been consistent so far. I've done well before and have seen everything at international level, but I think consistent is the word I need to be. It will will come with experience - learning to carry your form around and make the most of it. I have been in international cricket for four years now and I think I've been learning all the while.

Sri Lankan team is going through a transformation, and new crop of fast bowlers have emerged. Where do you fit in this transformation of the national side?

It's really nice to see the young fast bowlers doing so well now in West Indies even though three pacemen were ruled out due to injuries. But, at the same time, it speaks about the increasing pressure on all fast bowlers. Our national team is going through a transformation phase now, and with my little experience and all-round abilities I think I have slight edge over others in that respect. But I still have to prove it with performance.

You have just finished your first practice session. How do you rate your team?

We have a great side with guys like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik and a host of other promising young boys. We have a very balanced all-round team and everything is capped with a strong support-staff and technical back-up.

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