Pacer T Natarajan was given a grand welcome in his village when he returned back to India after a memorable tour to Australia. After losing the ODI series, India stormed back to win the T20I series and the historic Test series.
On his return to the Chinnappampatti village in Salem district in the state of Tamil Nadu festivities ensued. He was put on a vehicle to be carried in the village with people in hundreds surrounded him and celebrated with the pacer. Natarajan was showered with flowers as musical instruments announced his successful tour.
Watch T Natarajan’s grand welcome:
What a beautiful welcome for Natrajan in his hometown.
— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) January 21, 2021
T Natarajan’s memorable Australia tour:
T Natarajan’s fairytale story continues: from an impressive IPL, where he bowled the most number of yorkers in the season, to debut for India in ODI, then T20I, finally in Test cricket as well. He became the first Indian player to make his international debut in all three formats on a single tour. From being picked as a net bowler to making a debut in all three formats, even the best of the astrologers wouldn’t have forecasted.
He picked 2 wickets in the only ODI which India won. He played the entire T20I series and snared 6 wickets as India won the series – Natarajan was so good that hard-hitting batsman Hardik Pandya gave the pacer his Man of the Series award.
The tour concluded with Natarajan once again featuring in a victory; this time arguably, India’s greatest overseas Test victory. After a spate of injuries to frontline bowlers, and debuts being handed to Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini earlier in the series, Natarajan along with Washington Sundar were also given their maiden Test caps in Brisbane.
The left-arm pacer picked 3 wickets at the, including that of centurion Marnus Labuschagne as India won the match, and Test series with a scoreline of 2-1.
Natarajan is not picked for the home Test series against England which commenced on 5th February. It is believed that he has been given a rest after playing continuous cricket since September and this rest will give him time to spend with his newborn child.