India vs Australia 4th Test: T. Natarajan creates very unique record, becomes 1st Indian cricketer to make Test, ODI & T20I debut on same tour: Indian pacer T Natarajan makes his Test debut for India in the fourth Test against Australia. Notably, Natarajan was handed his Test cap on Friday making him Test player No.300 for India, thus becoming the first Indian player to make his ODI, T20, and Test debuts in the same tour.
Notably, it has been a tour to remember for Natarajan as earlier he made his ODI and T20I debut in Australia. Owing to his IPL 2020 performance, the Tamil Nadu pacer was first included in the shortest format squad and later on added as back-up in the ODI side by the BCCI.
After Indian bowlers’ poor show in the first two ODIs, Natarajan was included in India’s playing XI for the third ODI and he returned figures of 2-70 in his ten overs including a maiden.
Courtesy his superb debut, the pacer played the complete T20I series which India won 2-1 and now Natarajan got third time lucky with maiden Test call-up.
The stuff dreams are made of. A perfect treble for @Natarajan_91 as he is presented with #TeamIndia‘s Test 🧢 No. 300. It can’t get any better! Natu is now an all-format player. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/cLYVBMGfFM
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2021
Ind vs Aus 4th Test: Washington Sundar, Natarajan make Test debut for injury-hit India
India, with its ever-growing list of injury concerns, hadn’t settled in on a Playing XI for the fourth Test in Brisbane until Thursday.
Batting coach Vikram Rathour, while addressing the media, said the medical staff will be giving the injured cricketers as much time as is possible to recuperate from their respective niggles. He said, “The injuries are still being monitored. Our medical staff is looking into them. They are working with all the players. So, I won’t be in a position to comment on how it stands at the moment. We would like to give them as much time as we can. And tomorrow morning only, we will know which eleven is gonna play… All of them deserve to be there… to have the opportunity to play Test cricket. Despite injuries, I can assure you we will be fielding the best eleven.”
However, ahead of the toss in Brisbane, skipper Ajinkya Rahane announced Shardul Thakur, Mayank Agarwal, Natarajan, and Washington Sundar will replace Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, and Hanuma Vihari.
Meanwhile, it was expected either Shardul Thakur or Natarajan will come in for the injured Bumrah if the think-tank decides against risking the pace spearhead. But both of them have made the final eleven owing to the added bounce that the Gabba seems to offer to the pacers.
While Shardul has greater experience, Natarajan provides the pace attack with an additional dimension – the left-armer’s angle. The last left-arm seamer to feature in a Test for India was Zaheer Khan in Wellington in 2013-14.
In the meantime, Ravichandran Ashwin welcomed Washington to the side. The 21-year-old, like Natarajan, stayed back with the Indian team as a net bowler in Australia following the limited-over series.
Let’s hear it for @Sundarwashi5, who gets his #TeamIndia 🧢 from @ashwinravi99. He stayed back after the white-ball format to assist the team and is now the proud holder of cap number 301. 💪🙌 pic.twitter.com/DY1AwPV0HP
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2021
India playing XI for 4th Test
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant (w), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan