After being ravaged by Mitchell Starc in the first two ODIs of the ongoing series against Australia. The Indian team is reportedly eager to include a left-arm pacer in their squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup. With Jasprit Bumrah likely to miss the tournament, the team is exploring various options. Considering the potential of Thangarasu Natarajan if he delivers a strong performance with the ball in the 2023 IPL. The team management is aware of the need for variety in their bowling attack. A left-arm pacer could be just what they need to counter the threats posed by other teams in the tournament.
IPL 2020 breakthrough season for Natarajan
Thangarasu Natarajan, a rising star in Indian cricket, made a name for himself during the 2020 IPL season. He took 16 wickets that season. His expertise in consistently bowling yorkers during the death overs earned him the moniker ‘Yorker King’. It led to his selection for the tour of Australia in 2020-21. Originally chosen as a net bowler for the test squad, Natarajan created history by becoming the first Indian to debut in all three formats on the same tour. He was also a member of the Indian Test squad that staged a historic series victory in Australia.
Despite making a promising start to his career, Natarajan was unable to maintain his momentum due to several injury setback. It resulted in him playing only two matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021. However, Natarajan made a successful comeback in IPL 2022, picking up 18 wickets in just 11 matches. Unfortunately, his injury struggles returned, and he was unable to make the cut for the T20 World Cup.
On Monday, during a net session in Hyderabad, the left-arm pacer displayed that he is back to his best in terms of fitness. Sunrisers Hyderabad, in their Instagram post, noted that the fans could witness the poetry in motion of Natarajan during his practice session.