India’s left-arm seamer T Natarajan could be well on track to play Test cricket when India plays the third Test against Australia. T Natarajan has witnessed a meteoric rise in the recent months after performing well in the 2020 edition of IPL for the SunRisers Hyderabad. His slower balls and lengths along with some cunning variations have been quite effective. However, his coach believes it might not prove to be so much in Tests.
T Natarajan got added to the Test squad after Umesh Yadav suffered an injury in the second Test that ruled him out of the series. The left-arm seamer, who debuted in the third ODI against Australia this year, troubled the opposition in the subsequent three T20Is too. And the 29-year old could feature in the line-up for the third Test in Sydney in place of Umesh Yadav. In 20 first-class fixtures, he has 64 wickets at 27.03.
T Natarajan’s coach Diwakar Vasu underlined that he needs to swing the ball, bowl a consistent line, and cut the ball off the seam. Vasu believes that not many of the slower balls and yorkers would be effective and the bouncers at speeds of around 130kph might not be a wicket-taking option and that the left-arm bowler must also work on his angles.
“He needs to swing the ball. He needs to bowl a more consistent line. He also needs to cut the ball (off the seam). Test cricket is not easy. Not many of these slower balls and yorkers are going to be effective as far as Test cricket is concerned. And I don’t think that at his pace (around 130kph), bouncers could be a (wicket-taking) option. I think (if he plays), he needs to bowl up, work on his swing, work on his angles. That would be a better option for him,” Vasu said as quoted by Indian Express.
I am not saying T Natarajan is going to be immediately successful: Diwakar Vasu
Diwakar Vasu further said that he wishes for T Natarajan to play in Tests; however, it is no guarantee he would be successful. While Vasu believes that the 29-year old is a quick learner, one needs to see whether he is ready for Test cricket and depends upon whether he cashes in on the opportunity if it comes.
“See, I am very happy for him and want him to play Tests and wishing him success. But I am not saying he is going to be immediately successful. He has to learn, and I am sure he is a quick learner. We have to see if he is ready for Test cricket. It will depend on how he grabs the opportunity,” he added.