Sanjay Bangar has heaped praises on SunRisers Hyderabad’s latest bowling sensation T Natarajan, who has impressed with his exquisite display of death bowling. T Natarajan has hacked the knack of consistently delivering the yorkers, denying the batsmen enough elevation to get underneath the ball. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar out of the tournament, Sanjay Bangar backs the left-arm seamer to lead the department.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar could not complete his full quota of overs against Chennai Super Kings in what appeared as a hamstring injury. It came to light that the 30-year old seamer sustained a thigh muscle injury that ruled him out of the entire competition. In his absence, the likes of T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, and Siddharth Kaul need to grab the opportunities and make them count.
In five matches so far, T Natarajan has only five wickets; however, he has consistently nailed the yorkers. Recently, a stat revealed that the left-arm seamer bowled 20 yorkers in the tournament so far, which was head and shoulders above the rest and even more than the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada, and Pat Cummins. He was particularly impressive against Delhi Capitals when he not only kept an in-form Marcus Stoinis quiet but also removed him.
“I am really impressed by T Natarajan”: Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar highlighted that the yorker ball is perhaps the most difficult to bowl in this format, mainly when the ball is wet. The former national team’s batting coach underlined that with the way Natarajan bowled in the previous game, he has sorted out SRH’s death bowling issue. Bangar named the 29-year old as his choice, who has left him in awe in IPL 2020.
“The yorker ball is the most difficult ball in this format, and that too when the ball is wet. Despite that, T Natarajan bowled in the previous match and sorted out SRH’s death bowling issue. I am really impressed by Natarajan. He is looking in good form and Natarajan will be my player of choice who has impressed me in the IPL,” the former Indian all-rounder said in the Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.