Virat Kohli heaps praise on young pacer T Natarajan!
Galatta | Dec 09, 2020, 06:35 pm
The Indian Cricket team is currently in Australia, playing a full-length series. The limited overs leg of the seroes just finished recently, when the third and final T20I between the 2 sides, concluded yesterday. The Indian players moved to Australia, almost immediately after finishing the very popular Indian Premier League (IPL), which was conducted in the UAE this year over COVID risk concerns in India. However, India did not have a dream start to their Australia tour, losing the very first 2 ODIs to lose the series in the process. However, the Men in Blue bounced back to get to winning ways with a consolation win in the 3rd ODI and followed it up with two back-to-back wins in the T20 matches to clinch the T20I series. However, Australia won a closely contested 3rd T20 by 12 runs, for a consolation win.
The focus now shifts to the 4-match Test series, which is sure to be closely contested! The IPL 2020 saw the Indian team getting a number of new finds and left-arm pacer T Natarajan, turned out to be one of the biggest! His accuracy with the yorkers and control over his bowling turned out to be a huge asset for his IPL team - Sunrisers Hyderabad. This in turn, earned him a call-up to the Indian team and he earned his maiden cap in the third ODI against Australia and also played in the T20 series and almost immediately made an impact! He has gotten 8 Wickets in the 4 limited overs matches, he has played in so far. In recent times, Jasprit Bumrah has been holding up 1 end of the bowling with his strong performances but not been having much support from the other end. However, with Natarajan's arrival, it looks like India's bowling has been heavily bolstered!
It looks like Natarajan has also earned the faith of his captain Virat Kohli, who seems thoroughly impressed with the young seamer! In a recent statement, Kohli has mentioned that Natarajan could be a very valuable asset for India, in the upcoming T20 World Cup, which has been postponed to next year. The 29-year-old seamer from Tamil Nadu has gotten high words of praise from all quarters. Kohli added, "Special mention for Natarajan, in the absence of Shami and Jasprit, he stood out and really delivered under pressure. He looks very composed. He is a humble and hard-working guy, he is sure of what he is doing. I hope he continues to keep working hard on his game and gets better because a left-arm bowler is an asset for any team and if he can keep bowling this way consistently, it will be a great thing for us heading into the World Cup, next year!"