T Natarajan might have made an impressive start to his international career but legendary cricketer Virender Sehwag has a warning for the left-arm pacer. The former India opener has advised the Tamil Nadu ace to be ready for a challenging road ahead.
Natarajan made his debut ODI and T20I debuts during the recently-concluded limited-overs series against Australia. After picking up two wickets on his ODI debut, he scalped six wickets in the three-match T20I series at an economy rate of just 6.91 when almost all the other bowlers were being taken to the cleaners.
He is being already tipped by many to be part of India’s squad for the T20 World Cup at home next year. But while the cricketing world is busy lavishing praise on the pacer, Virender Sehwag has advised him to keep working hard for the challenging road ahead.
“As Natarajan keeps on playing, his problems will also keep increasing. But if he keeps learning, he will continue to trouble the other teams more and more,” Virender Sehwag said on the Sony Sports network.
“The problems will also increase because people will start understanding him, what he does, when he bowls which delivery, what are his strengths. So, they will make a game plan according to that,” he added.
Virender Sehwag also wishes that T Natarajan gets a chance to hone his skills under the guidance of former India pacers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra. Zaheer and Nehra are two of the best left-arm pacers to have represented India.
“Since he is a left-armer, I feel if Zaheer Khan or Ashish Nehra spend time with him, if they go to the Indian camp and spend time with the fast bowlers then there will be a lot to gain for the Indian bowlers,” said Virender Sehwag.
“Because the sort of experience they have, the tough situations in which they have bowled, they can explain and teach a lot. If that happens, it will be good for T Natarajan,” he added.