On Sunday, the Indian fast bowler, T Natarajan said that being a left-arm fast bowler has been an advantage for him as currently there are not many bowlers able to create the angle at the international level for India. Natarajan was chosen as a net bowler for the Australia series, but he went on to represent the country in all three formats of the game. Making his Test debut at the Gabba, he went on to take three wickets, including the likes of Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade in the first innings.
Elaborating the same, T Natarajan said, “The main reason for me playing all the formats has to go towards my practice and all my coaches, they would have known about my strength in the formats so they gave me a chance to play in all formats. I am a left-armer so that works as an advantage for me. It is because of people’s support that I am here. People know how I came here, if one does hard word he can achieve anything.”
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has always been a keen supporter of the left-arm pacer, and he has often been seen voicing his opinion about how useful the different angles can be across various formats.
During his debut Test at Brisbane, Natarajan was seen a bit intimidated by Mitchell Starc’s pace. Talking about his batting, T Natarajan said: “After a long time I batted and as I said in BCCI interview I could not even see the first ball which I faced. I faced such a fastball and it was such a good experience.”
Natarajan also revealed how spinner Ravichandran Ashwin showed him support throughout and how he advised him to play better during the Australian tour.
Describing the same, T Natarajan, “We have already played jointly in many games for Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu Premier League, etc. He is very friendly and always calls me Nattu.”
After winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, most of the Indian cricketer came back to India on Thursday, and Natarajan received a hero’s welcome at his native village in Salem. Upon reaching his native village Salem, Natarajan was welcomed with ‘dhols’ and shehnais. The Indian pacer was surrounded by a huge crowd and he then stepped onto a chariot. On Tuesday, India had won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series 2-1. For the first time in 32 years, Australia was defeated at the Gabba, Brisbane.