Thangarasu Natarajan broke the shackles of poverty by playing bowling at will and has done almost everything he could for his family other than convincing his mother to give up the sale of roadside chickens. She wouldn’t, as she thinks it helped the family survive the tough times, said Jayaprakash, Natarajan’s mentor. Natarajan’s birth as a death bowling specialist took place a few years before the on-going IPL, where he rattles the best batsmen with his yorkers, ball after ball. In the meantime, he has managed to build a house for his parents, educate his sisters, open an academy in his village of Chinnappampatti in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu, and convince a teammate not to give up the game. . All this while perfecting the art of yorkers bowling and much of Tamil Nadu’s hopes of bowling on his shoulders.
“I’m not surprised because he’s worked really hard. He’s been through a lot. He’s overcome injury problems, worked his way back to the state team and is now doing well when he gets the chance from SRH,” Jayaprakash told PTI.
Natarajan was first picked by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crore in 2017, but it took him three years to mature on the big stage after proving expensive in the six games he had played in the past. He was picked by Sunriesrs Hyderabad in 2018, but played his first game for them this season.
In SRH’s win over Delhi Capitals on Tuesday, Natarajan played his part by throwing a string of yorkers in the 14th and 18th innings. His spell of 4-0-21-1 included Australian big-hitter Marcus Stoinis’ prize wicket.
Natarajan, the son of a day laborer, has helped his parents stop suffering and built a home for them, while ensuring that his siblings receive a good education. “He has established his family. He has built a home for his parents. He teaches his siblings,” added his mentor.
That’s not all, Natarajan opened an academy in his village in an attempt to provide young people with the necessary facilities that he did not have. The 29-year-old also helps many who used to play with him, and G Periyaswamy, who rose to fame in the Tamil Nadu Premier League last year, is one of them.
Natarajan continues to help many young cricketers and those who played tennis ball cricket with him. He made Periyaswamy, who had given up hope of playing the game, come back by convincing his family that there was a future for him in cricket. , ‘Said Jayaprakash.
Natarajan, who had problems with his action early in his career, also had shoulder problems and worked his way back after struggling for a while.
Avinash Khandelwal, field coach for the Tamil Nadu team, said Natarajan has always been known as an outstanding yorker in the state cricket circles.
“Yes, Nattu works a lot on his yorkers. Yorkers bowling is not easy and doing it under pressure is another thing. That’s because he works on it. He does it regularly at events like TNPL and now shows that he can do it. the highest level, ”said Coimbatore-based Khandelwal.
He also said Natarajan does a lot for young cricketers in his village. “He’s a great guy. He’s come down the hard road and never forgets his roots. He’s still the same person to his friends in the village helping young cricketers there, and most of them train for free.”
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