T Natarajan broke the back of the KKR top-order with his spell of 3/37 when SRH played Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday. He got a wicket with the very first delivery of his spell. He castled Venkatesh Iyer for 6 and then dismissed Sunil Narine in the same over as well. He came back to dismiss the well-set Nitish Rana in the death overs.
Natarajan’s 3 for 37 and Umran Malik’s 2 for 27 took the sting out of the KKR batting efforts and a target of 176 turned out to be a cakewalk for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both the pacers displayed great bowling skills and accuracy. Natarajan with his three wickets has taken himself to number two on the Purple Cap list with 11 wickets.
They Would Be Silly Not To Look At Him: Michael Vaughan On T Natarajan
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan was hugely impressed by what he saw of Naratajan. The left-arm pacer is making a comeback into the IPL after missing the second leg of IPL 2021 due to a knee injury. Vaughan believes India would be “silly” to not consider Natarajan again. With the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup coming up, the BCCI and the management should keep him on the radar for selection given how he has bowled recently.
“Looking at India, I think they’d be silly not to look at him. He’s a left-arm over; the angle that the left armers bring bowling in the backend of the innings when the pitches just start to grip.. they can protect certain sections of the ground,” Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.
The former England skipper further said that had he been an Indian selector he would have kept a close look at the pacer.
“A number of good T20 teams have one — if not two — left-arm seamers in their attacks. If I was an Indian selector, I would be keeping a close eye on him,” said Vaughan.
Natarajan made his debut for India in the historic series against Australia. He was with the team as a net bowler but then eventually made his debut across all three formats due to injuries to India’s mainstream bowlers. He has made a recovery from his knee injury and is looking forward to a recall to Indian cricket.