Indian left-arm pacer T Natarajan’s participation in the upcoming five-match T20I series against England has come under jeopardy due to injury.
According to a report published by the Asian News International(ANI), T Natarajan is down with a knee and shoulder injury, and the medical staff at the National Cricket Academy is doing its best to ensure that the pacer gets fit for at least the second half of the season.
“He is down with a knee and shoulder injury and is in doubt for the T20I series. Will have to take it one day at a time and it is a race against time,” the source pointed.
The five-match T20I series against England is slated to be T Natarajan’s maiden International assignment on home soil.
The left-arm enjoyed a fairytale last year when he became the first Indian cricketer to make his debut across all three formats of the game during a single tour (of Australia).
Natarajan turned heads in the last season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) thanks to his penchant for nailing yorkers at will.
He ended up as the second-highest wicket-taker for SunRisers Hyderabad post which he earned a call-up to the national team as a net bowler for the T20I series.
However, as luck would have it, he was not only included in the T20I squad due to an injury to Varun Chakravarthy but he also earned an ODI cap after he was included in the set-up following a niggle to Navdeep Saini.
Natarajan made full use of his opportunity as he emerged as India’s lead bowler in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Mohammed Shami by claiming six wickets in 3 games at an economy rate of just under 7.
T Natarajan’s injury is a huge blow for Team India which is already without Jasprit Bumrah, who has been rested for the five-match rubber. The five-match rubber will kickstart from March 12 in Ahmedabad.