Indian rising star T Natarajan recalls the moment of having a conversation with MS Dhoni in a league match of the IPL 2020. Though T Natarajan fails to play along with the sides of MS Dhoni in the international matches he still got the chance of playing against him in the IPL matches.
T Natarajan who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2020 recalls the time where Dhoni gives him valuable advice over his bowling style.
T Natarajan Conversation with MS Dhoni
The 30-year-old Natarajan, who bowled a maximum 71 yorkers among all pacers in the last IPL, dismissed big names such as Dhoni and AB de Villiers during the season.
“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,” Natarajan was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
Recalling Dhoni’s wicket, he said, “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.”
One another day during the IPL, the 30-year-old had two big reasons to celebrate. One was dismissing Royal Challengers Bangalore’s de Villiers and the other was becoming a father.
“On one side there was my girl and on the other side, I got that wicket in an important knockout game. Romba santhosham (I was extremely happy), but I didn’t really tell the others (about the baby).
“I thought I will tell everyone else after we win the game, but my captain (David) Warner spoke about it, I think, at the post-match (presentation),” Natarajan said.
Natarajan finished with 16 wickets in as many matches last year. Sunrisers Hyderabad will kick off their tournament against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 11. In the gap of less than a year between the two IPL seasons, T Natarajan makes his international debut in all three formats.
Travelling as a net bowler to Australia T Natarajan makes his debut in all three formats against Australia. Nattu plays a crucial role for India where India makes a historic win Gabba and lifts the Test series trophy. India loses the ODI trophy and lifts the T20I series trophy by beating Australia by 1-2.