Former head coach Ravi Shastri has heaped praise on T Natarajan’s bowling in the death overs, saying the Indian team really missed out on the fast bowler’s services in the T20 World Cup in UAE last year. Natarajan, who came into limelight after India’s historic Test series win in Australia in early 2021, missed the World Cup in March 2021 due to knee and shoulder injuries during the home series against England.
In the first two matches of IPL 2022 for SRH, the Tamil Nadu pacer has so far taken 4 wickets. Shastri said, “Very happy for him. We missed him in the World Cup. He was definitely unfit. He got injured against England, when we were playing the ODI series and we really liked him (World Cup). I) had missed.”
“He is a specialist death over bowler who bowls yorkers very efficiently. He has very good control,” he said.
When the bowler made his debut for India in all three formats in his memorable 2020-21 tour of Australia, Shastri said Natarajan was a lucky bowler for him. The former coach said, “We have won in whatever match I have picked him. India won on his debut in T20. India won on his debut in Test cricket. Being a net bowler, he played the other two formats. Were.”
Kane Williamson-led SRH will next face defending champions Chennai Super Kings on 9 April.