T Natarajan had a memorable debut in the storied “Gabba Test,” which India won 2-1 to claim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for 2020–21 by defeating Australia. But after playing his final match for Team India in March 2021, the 31-year-old bowler vanished from the international cricket arena.
The left-arm pacer, who has been out of the national squad since suffering a knee injury during the memorable Australia tour in 2020–21, has his sights set on the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season as a means of catapulting himself back into contention for a return to Team India.
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Due to his knee ailment, Natarajan had to withdraw from the IPL 2021 season at first. He had treatment and surgery after that, missing the 2021 T20 World Cup as well.
IPL Has Been The Main Thing From Where I Got Into The Indian Team: T Natarajan
T Natarajan did, however, make the IPL 2022 roster and finished with the 12th-highest wicket total. In eleven games for Sunrisers Hyderabad, he took 18 wickets. He had a lacklustre showing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022, playing in five games and taking five wickets at an economy of 7.82.
He recently spoke with the media and shared details of his recent roller-coaster cricket career. He is renowned for his delivery of devastating yorkers.
“Had sustained a mild meniscus tear near my old knee injury in the last IPL. I trained at the NCA (National Cricket Academy) and got totally ready for and played the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Unfortunately, it caused problem again (close to the Vijay Hazare Trophy) and the coaching staff advised me to rest and get absolutely match-ready.
Everytime I’m almost in the radar (for national call-up), I’m plagued by misfortune. Hopefully, god-willing, if again I do well this IPL, maybe I’ll get considered this year,” Natarajan was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
“For me, the IPL has been the main thing from where I got into the Indian team. So, if I do well in the IPL like last year and stay injury-free, hopefully chances are there for me to be considered,” he added.
The Indian bowler has played 35 IPL games and has 38 wickets at an 8.65 economy rate. Sunrisers Hyderabad has decided to keep Natarajan on the roster for the 2023 IPL season.