T Natarajan said it was a ‘surreal experience to represent the country’ after making his India debut in the third ODI against Australia at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
T Natarajan’s performance in the IPL handed him an India call-up. (AP Photo)
- T Natarajan made his international debut in India’s third ODI against Australia
- T Natarajan took two wickets on his debut in India’s 13-run win in 3rd ODI
- It was a surreal experience to represent the country: T Natarajan
Pacer T Natarajan completed an inspiring journey from Chinnapampatti to the biggest stage in international cricket when he was handed his India ODI cap by skipper Virat Kohli against Australia in the third ODI in Canberra.
Natarajan, who snapped two wickets on his debut, said that it was a “surreal experience” to represent his country and affirmed that he was looking forward to more challenges playing for India. “It was a surreal experience to represent the country. Thanks to everyone for your wishes. Looking forward for more challenges”, tweeted Natarajan.
It was a surreal experience to represent the country. Thanks to everyone for your wishes.
Looking forward for more challenges pic.twitter.com/22DlO9Xuiv
— Natarajan (@Natarajan_91) December 3, 2020
Notably, Natarajan became the 232nd ODI player and only the 5th fast bowler from Tamil Nadu and the first since Lakshmipathi Balaji in 2002. Natarajan is also only the 11th left-arm fast bowler to make India debut in ODI cricket and the first since Khaleel Ahmed in September 2018.
Natarajan bagged two crucial wickets of Marcus Labuschagne and Ashton Agar to derail Australia’s run-chase. India registered a 13-run win in the final ODI and opened their account in the ODI Super League while Australia took the series 2-1.
Natarajan caught the attention of the India selectors with some fine performances in the Indian Premier League. The Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer left quite a few in awe with his ability to bowl yorkers at will. The toe-crusher to AB de Villiers in the Eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore and a series of yorkers in the final over of the Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals showcased the pacer was hungry to deliver in the big stages.