T Natarajan has had the most remarkable start to his international career. From being picked as a net bowler to making debut in all three formats in the same tour, fortune has certainly favored the left-arm pacer to ensure he gets opportunities to shine. The Tamil Nadu fast-bowler has made use of these opportunities and made a name for himself as a reliable bowlers and one to watch out for.
He made his Test debut in the ongoing fourth and final Test in Brisbane and shone in the first innings by picking up three wickets. Although he struggled at times with bowling the right line, he was still very assured for a debutant. It now remains to be seen how Natarajan will be dealt with by the Indian Test side after the injured pacers return for England’s tour of India.
Shane Warne makes an observation about T Natarajan
India’s inexperienced bowling attack bowled a total of 10 no-balls in the ongoing fourth Test. Out of the 10, 8 were bowled by T Natarajan. 5 of those 8 were bowled in the first ball of an over. Former Australian spinner, Shane Warne took note of this unusually high amount and termed it ‘very odd’.
Speaking to Fox Cricket, he said, “Just something interesting that’s caught my eye when Natarajan was bowling, he’s bowled seven no-balls in this match and they’ve all been big ones. And five of them have been off the first ball — and they’re miles over. I found that very odd. We’ve all bowled no-balls, but five of them off the first ball of an over, it’s just interesting.“
India find themselves needing 324 runs to win on the final day with all 10 wickets intact.