After the end of the Test series between India and England, the eyes are now on the T20 series. The five-match series is going to start on March 12. For this series, some key players in Team India are returning after an injury, but playing the new team member T Natarajan in the first match is doubtful.
Natarajan is currently at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), where he is undergoing rehabilitation. In such a situation, it is believed that he will not be able to be a part of the team for the first T20 match. However, the Indian team has many good options in fast bowling.
Natarajan made his international cricket debut in all three formats on the tour of Australia. After returning to the country, he was given paternity leave by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Due to this, Natarajan was not included in the team for the recently concluded Test series against England. However, he was included in the 19-member squad for the T20 series.
Natarajan in NCA due to injury
Now before returning to the team, the issue of his fitness has come to the fore, which has lowered his expectations of playing in the first T20 match. According to an ESPN report, left-handed medium pace T Natarajan is currently undergoing a rehabilitation process at the NCA in Bengaluru.
However, there is no clear information about his injury and how long he will stay out. The NCA has told the Indian team management about this that they will not be able to play in the first match to be held on at least 12 March. There has been no official statement from BCCI about this.
Amazing done in debut T20 series
Natarajan made her India debut on the Australia tour last year. He was sent as a net bowler on the tour of Australia after a shocking performance in IPL 2020, but he was included in the squad after spinner Varun Chakraborty was dropped, where he made his ODI series debut. After this, played all three matches of the T20 series and in his debut T20 series, Natarajan took 6 wickets. Finally, due to the injury of Indian bowlers, he also made his debut in the Brisbane Test.