|| CF Correspondent ||
Former India player VVS Laxman has said that Tamil Nadu and Sunrisers Hyderabad left-arm pace bowler T Natarajan could be the X-Factor for India in the ICC T20 World Cup next year. Laxman, who is the mentor of SRH, said that Natarajan's death bowling will be important in a major tournament like the T20 World Cup.
"With the T20 World Cup scheduled next year - if you look at the Indian team, it requires someone good at the death. It is great to see the likes of Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini bowl with such confidence in the death. Natarajan being a left-armer will be the X-factor," Laxman told Sportstar.
Natarajan impressed with the ball in the recently-concluded IPL 2020 where he bowled yorkers in the death overs and earned him a call-up in the Indian T20 squad for the upcoming tour of Australia as well. However, Laxman revealed that Natarajan is much more than those yorkers.
"Natarajan was always known for those yorkers - even in the TNPL. But, I must say he got a lot of variations which he didn’t use in the IPL. He has a sharp bouncer, slower one, off-cutter and has the wicket-taking ability with the new ball," Laxman said.
"Essentially, Natarajan has the mindset and the confidence of executing yorkers which we generally believe to be the toughest to deliver. And, he has done consistently and exceedingly well through the IPL, the pick of them being the dismissal of RCB’s AB de Villiers under pressure," he further added.
Natarajan played an important role in Hyderabad’s qualification for the playoffs, claiming 16 wickets in as many matches as well with an economy rate of 8.02. Notably, he had bowled the most number of Yorkers in IPL 2020 too.
His stunning show saw him included among the reserve group of net bowlers for the Australia series but he named in the T20 squad where he replaced Varun Chakravarthy as he has sustained a shoulder injury.