Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is amongst the many who rookie seamer T Natarajan has managed to impress in his brief outing. T Natarajan made his first appearance for India in the third ODI against Australia in Canberra, giving a stern test to the Australian batsmen. Nevertheless, Harbhajan Singh feels that the 29-year old needs to keep improving as teams will learn to play him.
T Natarajan earned a berth in the Indian limited-overs squad through his performances in IPL 2020 for the SunRisers Hyderabad, picking up 16 wickets in as many matches and bowling more than 40 yorkers. The left-arm seamer has played a significant role in India’s T20 series victory in Australia, snaring five wickets in two games while also bowling economically.
Harbhajan Singh feels glad the way T Natarajan has bowled and gone about his life, which he feels is a testament of hard work and self-belief. The 103-Test veteran labelled the 29-year old as a significant pillar for India in the series, snapping timely wickets for the visitors. Harbhajan also pointed out that he has been confident and calming his nerves when getting hit, naming it as quite remarkable.
“Well, I am so happy for Natarajan. The way he has gone about his life and the way he is performing is unbelievable. It shows that if you keep the faith and keep working hard and believe in yourselves, anything is possible. He has been a brilliant bowler for India in this series. He has been one of those major pillars in this series. Picking up wickets when India needed those wickets. He showed he has the potential to be there and win games for Team India. He is someone who is very confident, whatever I have seen on screen, he is not afraid of getting hit. That’s something very special. At that level, all that matters is how confident you are,” Harbhajan told India Today.
More T Natarajan will play, batsmen will judge his line, length and pace: Harbhajan Singh
The 40-year old further said that it would be a massive boost for T Natarajan if he gets the man of the series award and it’s a huge plus point too. Harbhajan believes that as time goes, batsmen will start figuring him out; hence, it would be a challenge. Thus, he feels that the 29-year old needs to work hard on his game and keep upgrading.
“If he becomes man of the series, it will boost his confidence and how! Becoming Man of the Series against Australia and that too in Australia will be a big, big boost for him. It’s a big plus for Team India. It’s a great story… where he has come from and what he is doing for Team India. I think he is raw, he has not been seen in international cricket. There is not much footage about him. More he will play, batsmen will judge his line, length and pace. It’s going to get tougher. He needs to work hard on his game and keep improving,” he added.