5 Left-arm pace options available for Team India ahead of T20 World Cup 2021
With the 2021 edition of the ICC T20 World Cup fast approaching, India would love to find a solution for this limitation in the current squad.
Updated - Dec 8, 2020 11:55 am
For a long period of time, India is in search of a competent left-arm seamer who can do wonders in the shortest format of the game. While India has a strong pace attack in the form of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the presence of a left-arm seamer in the line-up is a must as he can swing the ball both ways with control and pace.
Having a left-arm quick in the squad is a necessity in modern-day cricket. With the 2021 edition of the ICC T20 World Cup fast approaching, India would love to find a solution for this limitation in the current squad. Here are the 5 current left-arm pace options available for team India considering T20 World Cup 2021
1. Thangarasu Natarajan
The left-arm quick from Salem, Thangarasu Natarajan was a revelation in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020, Natarajan impressed with his ability of bowling pin-point toe-crushing yorkers in death and middle-overs and was a regular feature of SRH’s playing XI.
In 16 games, the 29-year-old picked 16 wickets at an economy rate of 8.02 and an average of 31.50. This earned Natarajan a call in the Indian squad for the highly-anticipated Australia tour of India and he made his debut on the big stage in the third ODI of the three-match series on December 2, 2020. The pacer named Marnus Labuschagne as his maiden international wicket and finished with the figures of 10-1-70-2.
Impressive performance in One-day meant that Natarajan was handed the ball in the shortest format of the game too. In two T20 Internationals, the Tamil Nadu-born picked 5 wickets while bowling at an economy of 6.25. He has emerged as the most economical pacer for India in the Australian series and is claiming a permanent spot for himself in the national team.