T Natarajan had a brilliant outing in the last season of IPL 2020 that was scheduled in UAE behind closed doors. He led the attack during mid of the season in absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar which the franchise loose due to injury.
The left arm pacer impressed Indian selectors during IPL 2020 with his ability to hit Yorkers during the crunch moments of the game.
Natarajan played a key role in SRH’s run to the playoffs in last season of cash rich league where he clinched 16 wickets.
Natarajan who got selected in Indian team as net bowler during the recently concluded Australia tour and went on to debut for the national team in all three formats of the game and played an important role in sealing victory for India.
Ahead of the upcoming season of IPL 2021 he revealed the golden advice he received from former Indian captain and CSK skipper MS Dhoni which helped him in his bowling in detail. Natarajan has also dismissed Dhoni in the last season of IPL and talked about that special dismissal too.
“I pitched one in the slot and he hit me for a big six – 102 metres or something. On the next ball, I got his wicket and didn’t celebrate. I was just thinking about that previous ball. After coming back to the dressing room, though, I was happy,” T Natarajan told ESPNcricinfo.
“After finishing the match, I also had a chat with him. Speaking to somebody like Dhoni itself is a big thing. He spoke to me about fitness and encouraged me, saying that I will keep getting better with experience. He said, use slow bouncers, cutters, and variations like that. It has been useful for me,” said T Natarajan
He also talked about ace Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar where he added that the return of former will strengthen out bowling unit to a great extent.
“I know I will have to do the job 100 percent. I will have to focus on not missing my length and have a clear plan for that scenario. If I miss my length, I am aware that I will be taken for runs. I have bowled under pressure in the past, so all of those experiences will help me this season. Bhuvi is back and in form, so he will share his thoughts when I’m under pressure,” Natarajan said.
“Our team has good communication and it’s like a family. Even if I give runs, the team management backs me, so that gives me the confidence that I can come back. I’ve also never played an IPL game at Chepauk. I think Vijay Shankar has played IPL in Chennai, but this will be the first time for me in Chennai. I’ve played a lot of cricket at my home ground, so it will be nice to play in Chennai,” he added.