Australian opening batsman, David Warner was full of praises for his SunRisers Hyderabad teammate, T Natarajan after his stellar outing for India in the limited-overs games in Australia. T Natarajan made his debut in the third ODI against Australia and impressed by taking two wickets for 70 runs in ten overs alongside a maiden. The left-arm seamer, who ended as the highest wicket-taker in the T20 series, earned appreciation from David Warner via Instagram.
Australia claimed the ODI series with a 2-1 margin while India fought back to win the T20I leg with the same scoreline. It was T Natarajan in the third ODI in Canberra that made a significant difference moving forward as the men in blue were able to take the tour on the right track that started horribly. The 29-year old, who originally travelled with the Indian contingent as a net bowler, made it to the T20I squad in place of Varun Chakravarthy and later to the ODI team too.
The Tamil Nadu seamer, who enjoyed an excellent IPL 2020 for SunRisers Hyderabad carried his form into international cricket too. After claiming a couple of wickets on ODI debut, Natarajan went on to take three on his first T20I appearance and three in the next two games to end as the highest wicket-taker in the three-match T20I leg. The left-arm bowler’s performance was particularly magnificent in the second T20I when he had figures of 4-0-20-2 amid bowlers from either side struggling for rhythm. It was his ability to bowl yorkers consistently and clever pace variations that earned him a selection.
Unfortunately, David Warner could not face T Natarajan since he endured a groin injury in the second ODI while fielding, forcing him to miss the rest of the games. But despite Australia losing the T20I series, Warner was glad to see the 29-year old, who loves the game a lot, to see him play for India in both the formats and perform a significant role after travelling with them as a net bowler.
Below is David Warner’s Instagram post for T Natarajan: