T Natarajan made an impressive T20I debut for India, picking 3 wickets in the 13-run win against Australia in Canberra in the series-opener on Friday.
T Natarajan caught the attention of the India selectors with some fine performances in IPL 2020 (AP Photo)
- Natarajan picked up 3 wickets for 30 runs on debut in the Canberra T20I
- Natarajan made his ODI debut on December 2 in which he bagged a couple of wickets
- Natarajan is only the 5th fast bowler from Tamil Nadu to play ODI cricket for India
Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar reckons that the rise of fast bowler T Natarajan as a T20 specialist will put pressure on Mohammed Shami to retain his place in the Indian team after his impressive debut in Friday’s match against Australia in Canberra.
Natarajan picked up 3 wickets for 30 runs from his 4 overs to help India beat Australia by 13 runs in the first T20I at the Manuka Oval. The 29-year-old had earlier made his ODI debut in the final match of the series at the same venue in which he bagged a couple of wickets in the victorious cause.
Labelled as the new yorker king from India, Natarajan replaced Mohammed Shami on both ODI and T20I debut which is why Manjrekar said the seasoned pacer will now be under pressure to keep his place in the shortest format.
“What he has done is he has put Mohammed Shami under pressure as a T20I bowler. Now India will be really tempted to have him along with Bumrah as one of his seamers.
“This is a guy who can bowl at the death. If you have Bumrah and Natarajan, it just puts pressure on Shami because Chahar is from a different school of swing,” Manjrekar said on Sony Six after India’s win in the T20I series opener.
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.
He topped the yorker charts in IPL 2020 and finished with 16 wickets in as many matches for David Warner’s SRH.
“It’s a great story purely because this is a guy who has come out of nowhere. Today, by playing his first T20I and bowling so well there was a wicket he took off a length ball of Maxwell. He is not a bowler who will get you wickets only with the yorkers when the batsmen are trying to slog you.
“I just find him amazing. A couple of years ago, who would have thought? He would not have imagined himself in his wildest dreams that he would be challenging the big boys for a place in the Indian team,” Manjrekar said.