Rohit Sharma, India Test vice-captain on Saturday said that pacer T Natarajan understands his bowling and it is something that the Indian line-up really needs.
India had bundled out Australia for 369 in the first innings as Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan and Washington Sundar scalped three wickets each.
Rohit Sharma: T Natarajan Is A Bright Prospect And Showed Lot Of Discipline In White Ball Cricket
T Natarajan had taken the wickets of Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne and Josh Hazlewood. By doing so he recorded the second-best figures by an Indian left-arm seamer on debut as he finished with 3 for 78 against Australia in the series decider at Brisbane.
T Natarajan was named in T20I squad after Varun Chakravarthy’s injury and was added as a backup pacer in ODIs after Navdeep Saini complained of back spasms. After injuries to Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, he debuted in 4th Test.
“Natarajan is a bright prospect for us, he showed a lot of discipline when he played for India in the white-ball format. He was coming off a good IPL and he carried that confidence into the white-ball series against Australia. Then to have a Test match like that, first spell he bowled was very accurate, if I have to judge,” said Rohit Sharma during the virtual press conference on Saturday.
“Somebody who is playing his first Test, we can really say that he understands his bowling really well, it is something that India wants. Natarajan was trying to do what was expected out of him and I think he looks like a bright prospect for sure,” he added.
Talking further about Natarajan and Washington Sundar’s performance, Rohit Sharma said: “They have played some first-class games coming into this Test. Playing against Australia in Australia was never going to be easy. But they showed a lot of character and they understood what the team expected them to do.”
T Natarajan became the first Indian player to make debuts in all 3 formats — T20I, ODI and Test on the same tour. He is the 17th player overall to do so. He picked 6 wickets in 3 T20Is in Australia where he was leading wicket-taker and 2 wickets in a solitary ODI at Canberra.
Rohit Sharma: Both Washington Sundar And T Natarajan Showed Lot Of Character And Discipline
Pacer Navdeep Saini walked off the field after bowling only 7.5 overs for groin injury but Australia were dismissed for 369 as debutants Washington Sundar, T Natarajan picked 3 wickets each while Shardul Thakur playing his 2nd Test picked 3 scalps. Mohammed Siraj picked the wicket of David Warner.
“We wanted to make sure that once Saini walked off, how we can contain and put pressure on Australian batsmen by not giving them easy runs, run-scoring can be easy here as it is a good pitch. Playing their first match, they showed a lot of character and discipline and yes, the team was expecting them to do something and both Sundar and Natarajan did that really well, ” said Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma played a knock of 44 runs in the first innings of the fourth Test, but in trying to hit a six, he ended up gifting his wicket to off-spinner Nathan Lyon. But the opener backed his shot selection and said that it was important to build pressure.
Rain forced early stumps on day two of the fourth Test between Australia and India at The Gabba on Saturday. India ended the day at 62/2 still trailing the hosts by 307 runs.