In a boost to the bottom Sunrisers Hyderabad, T Natarajan was released to fly to the UAE for the second leg of the IPL 2021, starting from 19 September. The left-arm spacer underwent knee surgery in April when he was taken out of the running tournament.
T Natarajan, one of the heroes of India’s victory in Gabba earlier this year, played two matches for SRH in the Indian leg of the IPL 2021 before being sidelined due to a knee problem. carried since his return from Australia.
After the operation, he trained for three months at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Now he has recovered and will leave for Dubai with the SRH contingent on 31 August.
“We have the trek pass, and T Natarajan will travel with us to Dubai on August 31,” an SRH official told Cricbuzz.
T Natarajan rose through the ranks during the IPL 2020 in the UAE. He scored 16 wickets this season against an economy of 8.02. The most impressive aspect of his bowling was his pen-point yorkers — he bowled by far the most yorkers last season. He has a number of variations and a calm temperament – which he displayed during his first international tour to Australia.
He picked up 6 wickets in 3 T20Is against Australia, and then three wickets in the Brisbane Test, where he made a Test debut after being held back as a net bowler.
T Natarajan remains in India’s plans for the T20 World Cup; the rest of the IPL 2021 matches offer him the perfect opportunity to showcase his fitness and bid for a place in the T20 World Cup in the UAE.
His return would also give some encouragement to the SRH team, who are languishing in eighth place after just one win in 7 games. They changed their captain halfway — removing the IPL winning captain, David Warner, from 2016 to Kane Williamson. SRH’s first match is against the toppers Delhi Capitals in Dubai.