Indian pacer T Natarajan, who finished as the highest wicket-taker with seven wickets in three T20I games said the last few months have been surreal — and thanked his teammates for the constant support and encouragement.
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah who picked four wickets in three ODI games was rested and didn’t play a game in the T20I series, and pacer Mohammad Shami, who picked four wickets in two ODIs and went wicketless in first T20I too did not play the last two games.
T Natarajan: Last Few Months Have Been Surreal As India Won T20I Series
T Natarajan led the charge in the T20I series and didn’t disappoint his skipper being leading wicket-taker after debuting in 3rd ODI picking two wickets for 70 runs.
On Twitter, the speedster T Natarajan wrote, “The last few months have been surreal. My maiden outing with #TeamIndia and we won the T20I series. A dream come true moment made special by the champion bunch. I thank my teammates for their constant support and encouragement. Thank you everyone for your love & support.”
The last few months have been surreal. My maiden outing with #TeamIndia and we won the T20I series. A dream come true moment made special by the champion bunch. I thank my teammates for their constant support and encouragement. Thank you everyone for your love & support 🙏 pic.twitter.com/o2yCP4RVU0
— Natarajan (@Natarajan_91) December 9, 2020
T Natarajan made his debut in the opening T20I game against Australia where he picked three wickets, two days after playing his first match in international cricket in 3rd ODI on December 2.
The left-arm seamer from Tamil Nadu gained popularity in IPL 2020 where he was termed yorker specialist. T Natarajan played for SunRisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020 and bagged 16 wickets in as many games in the 13th edition of the extravagant league.
His performance in the IPL handed him an India call-up. He was first included in T20I squad and later on added as a back-up in the ODI side as pacer Navdeep Saini complained of a back spasm.
T Natarajan Stood Up And Delivered Under Pressure And Is Composed And Hard Working: Virat Kohli
India skipper Virat Kohli feels if left-arm seamer T Natarajan keeps on bowling consistently like his bowling in the white-ball fixtures against Australia, the ‘yorker king’ can be a great asset for Indian side during the upcoming T20 World Cup in 2021.
Virat Kohli acknowledged that the left-arm pacer stood up for the side in the absence of pace bowling duo of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, both of whom were rested keeping in mind 4 match test series.
“Natarajan special mention for him as in absence of Bumrah and Shami. He is been the guy who has stood up and really delivered under pressure. And it’s an outstanding fact that he playing his first game at the international level,” Kohli said during a virtual press conference.
“He looks very composed and is a very hard-working guy and very humble too. I wish him all the best and a left-arm bowler is always an asset on the field and if he can be consistent it will be a great thing for us heading into the World Cup next year,” he added.
Australia secured a 12-run victory over India in the third T20I at Sydney to avoid the whitewash. India had already won the three-match T20I series after winning the first two games after losing the ODI series 2-1.
India will now play the four-match Test series against Australia starting on December 17. The first match will be a day-night affair, and Virat Kohli will head back home to attend the birth of the first child.
Rohit Sharma’s availability for the Test series is also doubtful as his fitness will be reassessed on December 11 at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.