Magical Cricket-Natarajan Tour Continues With India Test Call

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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY, Jan. 2 (Reuters) – T. Natarajan has achieved so many firsts in a remarkable season that it would be unwise to bet against the Indian fashion designer making his test debut before the Australian tour ends later this month – this.

Taken to Australia as a net bowler after an outstanding first full season in the Indian Premier League for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Natarajan has already made his one-day international debut and Twenty20 on the tour.

The left-hand gunner, who learned his trade with a tennis ball in a small village in Tamil Nadu (NS :), was introduced to the test team on Friday as an injury replacement for Umesh Yadav for the last two series tests. I think it’s a nice reward for Nattu, given that he was coming here – missing the birth of his child – to be a net player, ”Australian first player and Sunrisers skipper David Warner said on Saturday.

“He’s a very, very good bowler and I got to see him and lead him in the IPL. If he has that opportunity, we know he’s comfortable and he’ll know what to do. “

Natarajan, who specializes in precise Yorker delivery, also earned his spot in the limited squads due to injury, but he made an instant impact with 2-70 in his only ODI and 6-83 on the three internationals from Twenty20.

However, it seems unlikely he will make his debut in next week’s third test in Sydney.

Shardul Thakur or Navdeep Saini are most likely to join the rhythm attack with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, who made impressive debuts as India leveled the streak in Melbourne.

While delighted for Natarajan, Warner said he didn’t know enough about the paceman’s track record in the game’s longer formats to judge whether the 29-year-old would live up to the demands placed on fast bowlers in the games. test matches.

“I know he has the line, the length and the ability to deliver but… I’m not 100% sure,” he said.

“I know quite a bit of Siraj and how far he started with Ranji Trophy and pulled him back with repeated overs. And if you look at his debut and how far he’s gone, I think Nattu may be able to do even, I guess. “

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