T Natarajan

India
Age
May 27, 1991 (30 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Salem
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
Left-arm medium

Twenty-nine-year old Natarajan mastered the art of bowling yorkers in tennis ball cricket in his native village of Chinnappampatti in Salem, Tamil Nadu, helping him to break into the Tamil Nadu team in the Ranji Trophy 2015. Representing Dindigul Dragons in the inaugural edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League in 2016, Natarajan showcased his ability to bowl yorkers.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

India, Kings XI Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Lyca Kovai Kings, Dindigul Dragons

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
2
1
1
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
T20I
4
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
Test
1
1
1
1
1*
-
9
11.11
0
0
0
0
IPL
22
4
4
3
3*
-
5
60
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
2
2
120
143
3
2/70
7.15
47.67
40
0
0
0
T20I
4
4
96
122
7
3/30
7.62
17.43
13.71
0
0
0
Test
1
2
230
119
3
3/78
3.1
39.67
76.67
0
0
0
IPL
22
22
453
623
18
2/24
8.25
34.61
25.17
0
0
0

The left-arm fast bowler attracted the attention of the KXIP management who bid for him in the IPL auction of 2017. Although he proved expensive while taking 2 wickets in 6 matches at an economy rate of 9 an over, he did enough to impress Muthiah Muralitharan, the bowling coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad, to provoke a bid of $55,000 in the IPL auction of 2018. The paceman did not get to play any matches in seasons 2018 and 2019 but proved his mettle in the 2020 season when he grabbed 16 wickets in as many matches. That performance led to Natarajan’s selection to the Indian team for the tour of Australia in December 2020.

Test

In one Test match played, Natarajan took 3 wickets at 39.66. He registered best bowling figures in an innings of 3/78 and best bowling figures in a match of 3/119.

ODI

In one ODI played, Natarajan took 2 wickets at 35.00, with the best bowling figures of 2/70.

T20I

In 3 T20Is played, Natarajan has taken 6 wickets at 13.83, with the best bowling figures of 3/30. He has registered an economy rate of 6.91 and a strike rate of 12.00.

Records and Facts

Natarajan earned the rare distinction of making ODI, T20I and Test debuts in the same series, on the tour of Australia in December 2020. In his only ODI against Australia, the third of the series, Natarajan returned figures of 2/70. Though expensive, he gave India a crucial breakthrough by getting rid of opener Marnus Labuschagne with the Australia score on 25/1. He bowled a full quota of 10 overs, in the last spell of which he got rid of Ashton Agar to reduce Australia to 278/9 in the 48th over. Natarajan helped dismiss the hosts for 289 after India had set them a target of 302 to win. In his only Test match in Brisbane, Natarajan dismissed Labuschagne, Matthew Wade and Josh Hazlewood in Australia’s first innings to return figures of 3/78. His wickets of Wade and Labuschagne came at a crucial phase when Australian batsmen appeared to be batting India out of the match. As things transpired, India went on to register a famous victory at the Gabba where Australia had not lost a match since 1988. On his T20I debut, Natarajan took the scalps of D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc to help India register an 11-run win after setting Australia a modest target of 162. Natarajan went on to take 4 more wickets in a T20I series that India won by a 2-1 margin. Acknowledging the fast bowler’s contribution to the series win, India skipper Virat Kohli handed the T20 trophy to Natarajan at the award ceremony.

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