Australia opener and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner praised T Natarajan, after the left-arm seamer used to be named in India’s Test squad for the remaining two games. Natarajan, who became renowned for his deadly yorkers in the death overs in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League, played under the leadership of Warner. Warner said the truth that Natarajan came as a net bowler for India and then got into the squad, that too after lacking the birth of his first child is a smart achievement for him. “It is a great reward for Nattu (Natarajan). The fact he came over here and missed the birth of his child. To be a net bowler and then be injected into the actual squad is a smart achievement for him,” said Warner while replying to a query from ANI.
“So congratulations to him, he’s a very very good bowler obviously I got to see that as I captained him in the IPL. I wish him the entire best and whether he does get the possibility we realize he’s comfortable he knows what he has to do,” he added.
Earlier in December 2020, Natarajan made his debut in both T20I and ODIs and hogged the limelight after his match-winning spells.
The SRH skipper, then again, has no idea how Natarajan will fare in the longest format of the game which requires bowling long continual spells.
“It’s not that i am too certain, you all will have to be knowing approximately his Ranji trophy stats and how he delivers day in day out. I realize he has the line and length to try this and the capabilities delivering that but yaa obviously back-to-back overs in a Test It’s not that i am 100 per cent certain,” said Warner.
“I realize a reasonable a bit of Siraj, provided his debut and how he went probably Nattu too will be capable to do the same,” he added.
Natarajan used to be added to the Test squad for the remaining two Test matches against Australia on Friday. The left-arm pacer has replaced Umesh Yadav, who sustained a strain in his left calf muscle on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named T Natarajan as Yadav’s replacement. Ahead of the Boxing Day Test, Shardul Thakur used to be added to the Test squad as Mohd. Shami’s replacement after the senior fast bowler suffered a hairline fracture in his correct forearm. Both Shami and Umesh Yadav will head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for further rehabilitation of their injuries,” the BCCI said in an official observation on Friday.
Team India Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan.
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