T Natarajan is the new bowling sensation for India, becoming a fan of him: Danish Kaneria

T Natarajan is the new bowling sensation for India, becoming a fan of him: Danish Kaneria

The former Pakistan leggie also praised Hardik Pandya for emerging as a finisher.

Thangarasu Natarajan
Thangarasu Natarajan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Danish Kaneria, the former Pakistan cricketer, is in awe of T Natarajan, who made his debut in the ongoing tour of Australia. The Indian pacer was one of the strike bowlers for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League after which he was called up to the national team. He made his debut in the third and final ODI at the Manuka Oval in Canberra and impressed one and all.

The pacer conceded 70 runs, but also picked up two wickets, one of which came with his trademark Yorker. He was also handed a T20I debut at the same venue and he didn’t flatter to deceive. He picked up three wickets and helped India take a 1-0 lead in the series. However, it was Yuzvendra Chahal, who went on to become the Player of the Match for his stupendous spell.

T Natarajan shining for Team India

Even in the second match at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, Natarajan was at his very best. Even when the other bowlers went at over nine and 10 runs per over, the seamer bowled at an economy of five, conceding a mere 20 runs in four overs. He got the prized wickets of D’Arcy Short and Moises Henriques. Yet another time, it was the Men in Blue, who came out trumps.

Kaneria, who was one of Pakistan’s primary leg-spinners during his playing days, heaped praises on Natarajan. The retired leggie also lauded Hardik Pandya for donning the finisher’s hat. He took to Twitter and wrote, “Natarajan new bowling sensation for India, I am becoming fan for #Natarajan Bhagwan bless him, A new finisher in making #hardikpandiya.“

Here’s Kaneria’s tweet-

Pandya had a tremendous outing in the second T20I, scoring 42 unbeaten runs off 22 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. He played at a strike-rate of 190.91 and made sure that India didn’t allow the Aussies to draw level in the three-match series.

India needed 14 runs to win off the last over with Daniel Sams, who was making his debut, in operation. Hardik started the over with a couple and then smashed two sixes to seal the deal. The third game will be played on Tuesday in Sydney itself.