Tamil Nadu pacer T Natarajan has rise has been meteoric over the course of past six months. From being a back-up bowler in Sunrisers Hyderabad to getting into the playing XI thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury and shining in the IPL while castling the most feared of opposition, Natarajan announced himself to the world. But little did he know the best was yet to come.
A call-up to the national team as a net bowler ensued for the tour of Australia and while that in itself was a great achievement, injuries to a host of Indian bowlers meant Natarajan debuted in all three formats in the same tour and shone in all three with his Test debut being today on Day 1 of the fourth and final Test. He picked up two wickets today and both were crucial ones – the well-set Matthew Wade and centurion Marnus Labuschagne.
‘Feel delighted for the young man’ – Virender Sehwag
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag who spotted T Natarajan as a promising talent and picked him for the Kings XI Punjab franchise in 2017 took to Twitter today to express his delight at the left-arm pacer’s rise in cricket. He posted a picture of the 29-year-old and captioned it, “Natarajan’s story is a stuff dreams are made of. Feel delighted for the young man.“
As plaudits continue to pour in for Natarajan, the ever-so-calm fast-bowler will have only one thing on his mind – to perform well and defeat the Aussies in the ongoing Test.