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SRH is like family, team management backs me: Natarajan

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], April 7 (ANI): SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer T Natarajan stated that the franchise is like a household and complimented the team management for all the time backing him throughout exhausting occasions.

IPL 2021 will start on April 9 with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians locking horns within the match opener. SunRisers Hyderabad will play their first recreation in opposition to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 11 in Chennai.

“I know I will have to do the job 100 per cent. I will have to focus on not missing my length and have a clear plan for that scenario. If I miss my length, I am aware that I will be taken for runs. I have bowled under pressure in the past, so all of those experiences will help me this season. Bhuvi is back and in form, so he will share his thoughts when I’m under pressure,” Natarajan instructed ESPNcricinfo.

“Our team has good communication and it’s like a family. Even if I give runs, the team management backs me, so that gives me the confidence that I can come back. I’ve also never played an IPL game at Chepauk. I think Vijay Shankar has played IPL in Chennai, but this will be the first time for me in Chennai. I’ve played a lot of cricket at my home ground, so it will be nice to play in Chennai,” he added.

During IPL 2020, Natarajan managed to dismiss MS Dhoni. The pacer revealed that after the match in opposition to Chennai Super Kings, he had a prolonged chat with the previous India skipper.

“I pitched one in the slot and he hit me for a big six – 102 metres or something. The next ball I got his wicket and didn’t celebrate. I was just thinking about that previous ball. After coming back to the dressing room, though, I was happy. After finishing the match, I also had a chat with him. Speaking to somebody like Dhoni itself is a big thing. He spoke to me about fitness and encouraged me, saying that I will keep getting better with experience. He said, use slow bouncers, cutters, and variations like that. It has been useful for me,” stated Natarajan.

Based on the efficiency in IPL 2020, Natarajan was picked as a internet bowler for India’s tour of Australia. The pacer made debuts in all three codecs of the sport, and he performed his first Test on the Gabba, Brisbane.

“My people and my friends all motivated me so much to reach this place. Coming from a small village to being selected to play for India… they were also very happy. A lot of people now know about my village. More than anything else, I like the India logo on the jersey a lot. I also like the Tamil Nadu logo on the jersey, but after putting on the India jersey, it was a different feeling. I felt like my dream was fulfilled at that moment. I think I would have had bigger celebrations if I was with my people in Chinnappampatti, but I was alone and in quarantine at that time,” stated Natarajan.

“It was great to make my Test debut with Washi. He played a superb innings under pressure and he played well in both innings to help us win the match. The experienced bowlers were injured and most of us were youngsters. The Gabba has a history and I’ve heard that it can be a challenging wicket against Australia. In the end, we felt like we had won a World Cup,” he added. (ANI)

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