New Delhi: Team India was announced for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 8 September, but T Natarajan, popularly known as ‘Yorker King’. He was neither included in the 15-man squad nor in the list of standby players.
These 3 players cut Natarajan’s leaf
The BCCI has relied on Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as specialist fast bowlers. In such a situation, the leaf of T Natarajan was cut from the T20 World Cup 2021.
Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah (file photo)
Natarajan’s T20 International career
T Natarajan has played only 4 T20 Internationals so far, in which he has taken a total of 7 wickets at an average of 17.42 and an economy rate of 7.62. His best bowling figure was 3/30 which he achieved on 4 December 2020 against Australia in Canberra Canberra.
Natarajan’s IPL Career
Talking about T Natarajan’s IPL career, he has taken 20 wickets in 24 matches of this mega T20 league at an average of 34.40 and an economy rate of 8.23, his best bowling figure was 2/24. Natarajan is currently a part of Sunrisers Hyderabad, but he has played for Punjab Kings in the year 2017.
BCCI trusts seniors
Talking about T20 International format, Jasprit Bumrah took 59 wickets in 50 matches, Mohammed Shami took 12 wickets in 12 matches and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 63 wickets in just 21 matches. However, due to the presence of these seniors, T Natarajan was not given a chance in the T20 World Cup.
Less experience becomes trouble for Natarajan
There is no dearth of talent in T Natarajan, he proved this in the last Australia tour. Despite this, Natarajan’s low experience became a problem. The Indian team management thought it right to give preference to experienced fast bowlers in global tournaments like T20 World Cup.
Indian team for T20 world cup
Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakraborty, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.
Stan by: Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar
Coach: Ravi Shastri.
Mentor: MS Dhoni.