Former Australia pacer, Glenn McGrath is highly impressed with T Natarajan. The left-arm medium-pacer has scripted his path from a Salem in Tamil Nadu to the headlines in Sydney.
India defeated Australia in the second T20I on Sunday at the SCG and have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead with the last game to be played on Tuesday at the same venue. Hardik Pandy was Man of the Match for his 22-ball 42 as he finished the chase of 195 with two balls to spare.
While the batsmen may have completed the victory, it is T Natarajan who is hogging all the limelight currently. In a game where nearly 400 runs were scored in less than 40 overs, Natarajan returned with bowling figures of 2/20 in his 4 overs. No other bowler in the game – from either side – had an economy of less than 6, while India’s third-choice pacer gave runs at just 5 an over.
Very impressed with Natarajan: Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath, who has worked with Natarajan at the MRF pace foundation a few years ago, is mightily impressed by the progress of the left-arm seamer. He said that Natarajan is the find for India on this tour. The legendary pacer praised Natarajan’s adaptability on the Australian pitches as he observed that Natarajan has used his variations well and not just tried his yorkers.
“Was very impressed with Natarajan. He’s definitely the find of this tour for India, hopefully, he continues,” said Glenn McGrath during commentary in the 2nd T20I.
Natarajan was Sunrisers Hyderabad’s leading wicket-taker in the IPL. The 29-year-old picked 16 wickets at an economy of 8 while bowling mostly in the death overs. Natarajan bowled most number of yorkers in the tournament- more than Jasprit Bumrah, more than Mohammed Shami, more than anyone.
He also scalped 3 wickets in his T20I debut in Canberra and helped India win the first T20I by 11 runs. After their victory on Sunday, not only India have won the series but also are on a 10-match unbeaten streak in T20Is; Afghanistan has a record of 12 matches.