Warner’s statement on T Natarajan goes viral on social media
India’s talented pacer T Natarajan has been included in the Indian Test squad for the next two Tests against Australia. The Tamil Nadu ace bowling sensation earned his first Test call up after senior fast bowler Umesh Yadav was ruled out of the rest of the Test series owing to an injury which he sustained in the Melbourne Test.
The fast bowler picked up a strain in his left calf muscle on the third day of the Melbourne Test. After that, he was taken for scans and the medical reports revealed that the pacer required immediate rest. He was then subsequently ruled out of the remainder of the Border Gavaskar Trophy series.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named T Natarajan as Yadav’s replacement. Ahead of the Boxing Day Test, Shardul Thakur was added to the Test squad as Mohd. Shami’s replacement after the senior fast bowler suffered a hairline fracture in his right forearm.
“Both Shami and Umesh Yadav will head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for further rehabilitation of their injuries,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India added in an official statement on Friday.
Warner makes a statement on T Natarajan
Meanwhile, pacer T Natarajan is all set to make a debut for Team India in the SCG Test. Ahead of the Sydney Test, Australian opener David Warne came up with an interesting statement on the fast bowling sensation. According to the 34-year-old opener, Natarajan might find it really hard to adapt to Test cricket.
Earlier, Natarajan impressed the cricket fraternity when he turned up in the ODI and T20I series. Nonetheless, Warner reckons that Natarajan would struggle to get going in Test cricket. Warner knows very well about Natarajan as both players represent Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2020 Indian Premier League. The fast bowler picked up 16 wickets in 16 games in the lucrative IPL.
When asked about Natarajan whether he would do well in Test cricket, Warne said: “Good question but I am not too sure. You guys would be knowing his (Natarajan) Ranji Trophy stats and how he delivers day in and day out. I know he has line and lengths to do that, but obviously, back-to-back overs in a Test match? I am not a hundred per cent sure,” Warner was quoted as saying during a virtual news conference on Saturday, January 2.
Natarajan lacks enough experience at the first-class level. He played only 20 matches and bagged 64 wickets for Tamil Nadu. Nonetheless, Aussie opener Warner reckons that Nattu will do well just like how Mohammed Siraj showcased his mettle on his debut in the MCG Test.
“I know a fair bit about Siraj and how well he has gone in Ranji Trophy, him backing up with the repeated amount of overs. Given how his (Siraj’s debut) debut went, I am hopeful, Nattu will be able to do the same if he is included in that Test squad,” he stated.
“I think it’s a great reward for Nattu. I think given that he was coming over here after missing the birth of his child to be a net bowler and then being injected into the actual squad is a great achievement for him and congratulations to him,” Warner added.