India beat Australia in T20I series – Hardik Pandya gives his ‘Man of the series’ trophy to T Natarajan: Hardik Pandya, who was adjudged the Man of the Series for his batting exploits in the T20I series against Australia, credited Indian pacer Thangarasu Natarajan for delivering the goods in the absence of premier white-ball bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and handed his trophy to the pacer as he believed that the famous trophy should have been awarded to the promising young talent.
While Natarajan picked just two wickets in the ODIs, he finished with six wickets in the three-match T20I series – the most. In fact, it was the manner in which he kept bowling the yorkers was what impressed one and all with the pacer being compared to someone like Zaheer Khan.
Meanwhile, Team India’s 10-games winning streak in T20I finally came to end when they suffered 12-runs defeat by Australia in the third and final T20I at the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, the Men in Blue had already won the three-match series by winning the opening two games.
India beat Australia in T20I series: Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli’s superb gesture for T Natarajan
After the final T20I ended, Hardik Pandya showed that he has matured not just as a batsman but as a person too as he handed his Man of the Series award to Natarajan.
Notably, Pandya even took to Instagram to praise Natarajan and posted a photo with him with the caption, “Natarajan, you were outstanding this series. To perform brilliantly in difficult conditions on your India debut speaks volumes of your talent and hardwork. You deserve Man of the Series from my side bhai! Congratulations to #TeamIndia on the win.”
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Meanwhile, Indian skipper Virat Kohli also appreciated the Tamil Nadu pacer for his outstanding performance and handed him the Series Trophy to motivate him.
Interestingly, Natarajan was seen posing with both the trophies when Team India posed for photos after the end of the presentation ceremony.
India beat Australia in T20I series: Dream debut and series for Natarajan
T. Natarajan, who made his T20I debut in the opening match of the three-match series, was exceptional in all three games.
He picked three wickets on his T20I debut to help India defend 161, while his finest display came during the second T20I when he gave away just 20 runs in his four overs and took 2 wickets when every other bowler was getting thrashed by the Aussies. In the third match, the pacer picked 1 wicket for 33 runs.
Also, recently Natarajan made his international debut in the third ODI game against Australia at the Manuka Oval in Canberra and in his maiden game, he returned figures of 2-70 in his ten overs including a maiden.
T Natarajan biggest find of IPL 2020 and India vs Australia series
Left-arm pacers are a treasure in India and after the likes of Jaydev Unadkat, Khaleel Ahmed, leaving a mark, it’s time for T Natarajan’s to shine. The Tamil Nadu pacer is undoubtedly the find of the IPL 2020 and he has proved his mettle in the ongoing series against Australia.
Notably, Natarajan was originally not a part of India’s T20I and ODI squads and was picked only as a net bowler, but owing to injuries to other players, the 29-year-old bowler found a spot in both the T20I as well as the ODI team and it goes without saying that he grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
The speedster from Tamil Nadu gained popularity in the latest edition of Indian Premier League where he was labelled as the ‘yorker machine’. Natarajan played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and bagged 16 wickets in as many games in the 13th edition of the cash-rich league.