The last couple of months have been really amazing for T Natarajan. Not very long ago, the left-arm pacer was struggling to make a name for himself in the game. But things have changed dramatically for him in the last few days. It all began after his stunning performance in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
His ability to bowl yorker at will stood out in IPL 2020 as he bowled as many as 71 of them, more than double of anyone else. His yorker to dismiss AB de Villiers in the Eliminator was one of the best deliveries of the tournament. T Natarajan finished IPL 2020 with 16 wickets in 16 games.
Following his performance in IPL, he was selected as a net bowler for the ongoing tour of Australia. But fate had planned something else for the pacer. He soon found a spot in both the T20I as well as the ODI team after unfortunate injuries to other players and T Natarajan has made the most of it.
Earlier this week, he made his ODI debut and impressed straightaway by taking two wickets. More importantly, he gave India their first wicket in the powerplay on this tour. And things only became better for him on Friday when he was handed his debut cap for the first T20I against Australia.
He could not have asked for a better man to get the cap from. He received his maiden T20I cap from none other than India’s pace spearhead and arguably the best pacer in the world – Jasprit Bumrah. Before the start of the first T20I, Team India formed a huddle where Bumrah gave T Natarajan his first cap.
Here is a clip of that special moment:
Onwards and upwards!
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2020