T Natarajan has no regret about missing the birth of his daughter as he missed it in order to represent his country. The India fast-bowler was in the UAE for IPL 2020 when his wife gave birth to the couple’s first child in November. But T Natarajan did not return home from the IPL and then went straight to Australia for the recently-concluded tour.
The left-arm pacer finally managed to meet his child last week after landing in India. And while the fans and others felt bad for him, the pacer himself said that he had no regrets over the same. Speaking to NDTV Sports, he revealed that playing for the country was always his priority. T Natarajan said he as well as his wife were proud that he could play for the country.
“More than the newborn, my wife and I were proud that I could play for my country. Hard work will never go to waste. It is always rewarding,” T Natarajan said.
The last couple of months have been nothing short of a fairytale for T Natarajan. He was originally picked in the squad only as a net bowler but went on to make his debut across formats due to injury to other players. And the pacer made the most of the opportunities. He picked up two wickets on his ODI debut before picking up six wickets in the T20I series.
Injury to speedster Jasprit Bumrah ahead of the fourth Test in Brisbane meant that T Natarajan was handed his red-ball debut too. He became the only Indian player so far to have made his debut across all three formats in the same tour. In his maiden Test, he picked up three wickets and helped India defeat Australia to seal the series.
Natarajan revealed that it was not at all easy for him to deliver consistently across all three formats. He thanked his teammates who backed and supported him throughout the tour.
“Other players supported me in the dressing room. Their motivation and support helped me. I was under pressure to perform when the opportunity was offered. My only thought was to take wickets. It was like a dream to take Australian wickets,” T Natarajan said.
The 29-year-old has been rested for the first two Tests of the upcoming series against England. He is expected to return to action during the limited-overs series against the visitors. After the Test series, India and England will play five T20Is and three ODIs.