Pacer T. Natarajan, who had been added to India’s squad for the ODI series against Australia by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee as cover for Navdeep Saini, made his debut on Wednesday.
The left-arm bowler, earlier drafted into the T20I squad after an injury to spinner Varun Chakravarathy, was handed cap number 232 by skipper Virat Kohli ahead of the toss at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
IPL 2020 was a game-changer for Natarajan as he put his foot on the accelerator for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The 29-year-old from Salem bowled with a pace of around 130-135 kmph and additionally, gained popularity as a ‘yorker specialist’ because of his ability to trouble batsmen with unplayable toe crushers. Under the mentorship of India legend VVS Laxman, he went on to claim 16 wickets in the league.