Aakash Chopra, the former batsman turned commentator was of the opinion that it was only bowler T Natarajan who won the hearts of fans, cricketers and experts in India’s second T20I win against Australia.
He observed the same while discussing India’s bowling performance in a video shared on his Facebook page.
Aakash Chopra: Australian Batsmen Blasted Indian Bowling
Aakash Chopra said Australian batsmen led by stand-in captain Matthew Wade took India’s bowlers to the cleaners with stunning batting display. 47 runs came in 4.3 overs before T Natarajan accounted D Arcy Short’s scalp. But Steven Smith scored 46, and Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams hit at a strike rate of more than 120 to post a formidable total.
“The Australian batsmen blasted the Indian bowling. D’Arcy Short had got out but Matthew Wade hit all the bowlers in a democratic fashion. He hit Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, whoever was bowling was getting smashed.”
Aakash Chopra commented that the spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and even Washington Sundar leaked runs unlike their usual consistency and tight bowling shown in the first T20I. Washington Sundar gave 16 runs in 1st T20I while Yuzvendra Chahal returned with figures of 3/25 in 4 overs coming as a concussion substitute in the first T20I.
“In fact, later even Yuzvendra Chahal got hit a lot. He conceded more than 50 runs in his four overs, Deepak Chahar also almost reached around 50 runs in his four overs, Shardul Thakur was also expensive and even Washington Sundar got hit for runs this time.”
Aakash Chopra praised pacer T Natarajan who despite being relatively inexperienced and playing in only his second T20I bowled outstandingly well and was economical by conceding only 20 runs at 5 runs per over in quota of 4 overs.
Aakash Chopra: Bowlers Were Hit So Much That T Natarajan’s Spell Will Be Remembered For a Long Time
Australian batsmen respected him, unlike other bowlers who gave away more than 8 runs per over. He was destructive as he accounted D Arcy Short and Moises Henriques wicket when India needed breakthroughs.
“T Natarajan was the only bowler who won hearts. It was just his second T20I match and third overall international encounter and how well he bowled. He was given one over each in four spells, he took wickets and was economical as well.”
Aakash Chopra said none of the bowlers bowled tightly and made a long-lasting impression, so the left-handed pacer’s spell will be memorable for a long time.
“The bowlers got hit so much that we will remember Natarajan’s spell for a long time. He was looking different from all the other bowlers. He is the biggest positive from this match,” he added.
T Natarajan bowled four exceptional overs in the second T20I against Australia who missed David Warner and Aaron Finch but took the other bowlers to cleaners.
The left-arm pacer returned with figures of 2/20 while likes of Washington Sundar(35 runs), Shardul Thakur(39 runs),Deepak Chahar(48 runs) and Yuzvendra Chahal(51 runs) were ineffective to say the least.
His performance drew effusive praise from skipper Virat Kohli and Man of Match Hardik Pandya at the post-match presentation, with the latter even saying that the pacer deserved the Man of the Match award instead of him.