Thangarasu Natarajan, or T Natarajan, or now fondly referred to as “Nattu”; say whatever you want, but the fact is that a pacer, whose father was a daily-wage labourer in a textile mill and mother used to run a roadside food stall, from the Chinnappampatti village near Salem district in Tamil Nadu has beaten massive odds and challenges to post his stamp in the hearts of Indian cricket fans.
Natarajan has had a dream past 5 months: From bowling most yorkers in the IPL to making his debut across formats for India against Australia after being selected as a net bowler.
On returning to India he was given a grand welcome, rode on the chariot with dhols and shehnais in the background announcing his success. Natarajan vows to support the Salem cricket association and the people who have helped achieved him this success.
As quoted by ANI, T Natarajan said, “I always believe in my strength. I will try to support the Salem cricket association as much as I can. It is because of people’s support that I am here. People know how I came here; if one does hard work he can achieve anything. I could not meet you all when I returned, I thank the media and all who supported me.”
T Natarajan not selected for Test series against England
While Natarajan was impressive on his Test debut in Brisbane picking 3 wickets including that of the centurion, Marnus Labuschagne, however, he has not been picked for the forthcoming series against England. It is believed that he has been given a rest after playing constant cricket since the IPL.
Also, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma will return to the eleven – Bumrah missed the Brisbane Test and Ishant was earlier ruled out of the entire Test series against Australia- and Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur are preferred over the Tamil Nadu seamer. This much-deserved break will also give Natarajan as a chance to spend some time with his new-born daughter.