The chairman of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra was thrilled with the “return gift” he got after presenting the Indian fast bowler, T. Natarajan with a Mahindra Thar as the former got a jersey signed by the rising star. Mahindra, who gifted India’s new pace discovery Natarajan with a new vehicle and got a valuable return gift – the jersey that the southpaw pacer wore during the historic Brisbane Test against Australia in January this year.
Thrilled at having received the present, the businessman Twitted, “Thank you Nattu. I will treasure the return present and wear it with pride.”
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) April 2, 2021
Mahindra’s post was the reply to a two-part tweet put out by Natarajan on Thursday. The Indian pacer wrote: “Playing cricket for India is the biggest privilege of my life. My #Rise has been on an unusual path. Along the way, the love and affection, I have received has overwhelmed me. The support and encouragement from wonderful people, helps me find ways to “
He further added, “As I drive the beautiful Mahindra Thar home today, I feel immense gratitude towards Shri Anand Mahindra for recognising my journey & for his appreciation. I trust sir, that given your love for cricket, you will find this signed shirt of mine from the #Gabba Test, meaningful.”
As I drive the beautiful @Mahindra_Thar home today, I feel immense gratitude towards Shri @anandmahindra for recognising my journey & for his appreciation. I trust sir, that given your love for cricket, you will find this signed shirt of mine from the #Gabba Test, meaningful 2/2
— Natarajan (@Natarajan_91) April 1, 2021
Natarajan’s rise has been impressive. In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, playing for SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), he grabbed a lot of eyeballs for his bowling accuracy, especially in the death overs.
His performance in the IPL 2020 earned him a maiden India call-up for the tour of Australia last year. Multiple injuries in the squad opened a window of opportunity for Natarajan, and he got to play all three formats, impressing one and all. Applauding the pacer’s performance and that of the other five youngsters — Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini, and Washington Sundar — during the tour Down Under, Anand Mahindra decided to gift each of them a Thar.