How MS Dhoni’s phrases of recommendation labored wonders for T Natarajan

Sunrisers Hyderabad seamer T Natarajan lately revealed that MS Dhoni’s recommendation to make use of variations like cutters and slower bouncers, and likewise give attention to health, has helped him obtain his latest success. The left-armer is coming into IPL 2021 on the again of a profitable season with Group India.

T Natarajan had a breakout IPL season final yr through which he carved a distinct segment for himself as a bowler who might bowl yorkers at will. Not solely did he execute essentially the most yorkers by any bowler – a staggering 71 – however he additionally accounted for some world-class stars like MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers.

And the phrases of knowledge had been imparted after he dismissed the previous India captain in Match 29.

“I pitched one within the slot and he hit me for an enormous six – 102 metres or one thing. The following ball I obtained his wicket [and didn’t celebrate] – I used to be simply enthusiastic about that earlier ball. After coming again to the dressing room, although, I used to be completely satisfied,” T Natarajan advised ESPNcricinfo.

“After ending the match, I additionally had a chat with him. Chatting with anyone like Dhoni itself is an enormous factor. He spoke to me about health and inspired me, saying that I’ll preserve getting higher with expertise. He mentioned, use sluggish bouncers, cutters and variations like that. It has been helpful for me,” T Natarajan added.

November 6, 2020 was one other auspicious day for T Natarajan. The 30-year-old performed a key function within the Eliminator towards RCB, selecting up two wickets together with that of AB de Villiers with arguably one of many balls of the season. The victory that evening was further candy because it coincided with the beginning of his child lady.

“Positively. On one facet there was my lady and on the opposite facet, I obtained that wicket in an essential knockout sport. Romba santhosham [I was extremely happy], however I didn’t actually inform the others [about the baby]…I bowled the yorker to de Villiers cross-seam. I bowled cross-seam yorkers towards England too. Once I strive a yorker on the seam, there are some possibilities of lacking my angle, so generally it comes out as a low full-toss. For me to bowl with the cross-seam grip is extra comfy,” T Natarajan defined.

Each outcomes and rewards have been lots for Natarajan ever because the alternate with MS Dhoni. After ending IPL 2020 with 16 wickets from as many video games, he earned a ticket to Australia as a web bowler. However as luck would have it, with the guests ravaged by accidents, the Salem-born pacer grew to become the primary Indian to debut in all three codecs on the identical tour.

“I believed one hundred pc that I might execute the yorker” – T Natarajan

T Natarajan has picked 18 wickets at a strike-rate of 25.17 in 22 IPL matches [Credits: IPL]
T Natarajan has picked 18 wickets at a strike-rate of 25.17 in 22 IPL matches [Credits: IPL]

T20 cricket is more and more getting stacked in favour of batsmen. And if the match is performed at a small floor like Sharjah or the Chinnaswamy Stadium, the margin for error turns into negligible for bowlers.

Nonetheless, it was simply sheer self-belief that helped T Natarajan nail the yorkers and end IPL 2020 with an economic system fee of 8.02. This was regardless of bowling all of the tough overs and bowling to the likes of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and AB de Villiers amongst many others.

“I knew I’d get hit if I erred in my size. Even when I miss it by inches, these batsmen are power-hitters who can hit it for a six. In a small floor like that [Sharjah], any batsman can be assured of hitting a six. Typically even when they mishit, the ball will go for six. I used to be simply clear that I couldn’t miss my size,” T Natarajan mentioned.

“If I attempted one thing else and didn’t persist with my power and gave runs [with variations] too, it might have an effect on my confidence. I believed one hundred pc that I might execute the yorker. I’ve at all times believed in my power and even when I make an error, I again myself to come back again with the yorker,” he defined.

SRH start their IPL 2021 marketing campaign on Sunday (April 11) towards the Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai. If they’re to harbour any probability of repeating their 2016 success, T Natarajan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar should be on the prime of their sport.

Revealed 07 Apr 2021, 12:23 IST

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