T Natarajan’s meteoric rise has been one of the stories of the Australian summer. After a terrific display in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the left-arm pacer was chosen as a net-bowler for the tour of Australia. But injuries to a plethora of bowling personnel meant Natarajan made his debut in the ODI series. Very soon, he made his debut in the T20s as well before donning the whites for the fourth and decisive final Test.
In the process, he became the first Indian to debut across all three formats in the same tour. His performances in each of the formats was impressive as well and it is evident that he will be a mainstay in the Indian squad at least for limited overs cricket. The Tamil Nadu fast-bowler returned to his hometown Chinnapampatti in Salem yesterday and was given a grand welcome by the people of the village.
‘He’s an amazing guy, humble and a true gentleman’ – Warner
Australian cricketer and captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) franchise for whom T Natarajan turns up, David Warner spoke to Sports Today about the pacer and congratulated him for his performances. “First thing I’d like to say is Vazhthukal (‘Congratulations’ in Tamil) Nattu, you’re an absolute legend. I’ve got so much time for you, you’re a great person on and off the field and I love having you in our team. Cheers!” Warner said.
“I was fortunate enough to captain Nattu. He’s an amazing guy, humble and a true gentleman. What a talent he is, we’ve just seen a guy who played unbelievably well in the IPL 2020, going on tour with the Indian team as a net bowler while sacrificing being there for the birth of his first child and then making his debut in all forms… what a magnificent achievement,” he added.
Warner then spoke of the left-armer’s excellent performances in the 2020 edition of the IPL saying, “The way we used him – outside the powerplay, maybe an over in the powerplay and bowling alongside Rashid Khan in partnership worked very well. I think he bowled 80 yorkers in the tournament which is an exceptional display of death bowling whenever he did come on. I’m extremely excited to see what he brings to the table this year.”
Finally, Warner spoke about the hero’s welcome Natarajan received in his home town, “We saw first hand yesterday the response that his home town gave him, it was extremely humbling to see. You had a guy there getting a thorough warm welcome for him and for what he’s achieved,” Warner said.