T Natarajan, the latest Indian sensation, has termed the last few months of his life as ‘surreal’ following a hugely successful tour of Australia.
Natarajan took to his official Twitter account to express his feelings besides thanking his teammates as well as his well-wishers for their constant support and encouragement in the past few months.
”The last few months have been surreal. My maiden outing with #TeamIndia and we won the T20I series. A dream come true moment made special by the champion bunch. I thank my teammates for their constant support and encouragement. Thank you everyone for your love & support,” T Natarajan wrote on Twitter.
The last few months have been surreal. My maiden outing with #TeamIndia and we won the T20I series. A dream come true moment made special by the champion bunch. I thank my teammates for their constant support and encouragement. Thank you everyone for your love & support ? pic.twitter.com/o2yCP4RVU0
— Natarajan (@Natarajan_91) December 9, 2020
It indeed has been a surreal few months for the Chinnappampatti Express. From being one of the many Indian bowlers plying their trade in the Indian Premier League to becoming the talk of the cricketing folklore and a potential spearhead of the national sides’ pace-attack alongside champion bowler Jasprit Bumrah in limited-overs cricket, Natarajan has seen a 360-degree turn in his fortunes in the past three months.
T Natarajan wasn’t a part of the Indian squad initially
T Natarajan first made heads turn when he bamboozled some of the great batsmen of the modern era with his searing yorkers. In fact, in a tournament that had yorker specialists like Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan went on to finish the edition as the bowler who nailed the most number of balls in the blockhole.
Natarajan finished with 16 wickets in the IPL- he second-most for his franchise, SunRisers Hyderabad after Rashid Khan. Yet, it was only after Varun Chakravarthy got injured that the southpaw was included in the Indian squad for the T20I series in Australia.
As luck would have it, Navdeep Saini complained of back-spasm on the eve of the ODI series, which led to Natarajan being drafted to the ODI squad as well. He eventually made his debut in the last match and impressed immediately with his variations as well as with his steely temperament.
Natarajan claimed 2/70 in his maiden ODI and he carried that confidence in the T20I series, where he emerged as the leader of the attack. In what was a high-scoring series, T Natarajan conceded just 83 runs across the 12 overs that he delivered besides claiming six wickets.