T Natarajan is currently living the best time of his life. The year 2021 kickstarted on a great note for the Indian fast bowler T Natarajan, as he was recently included as the replacement for India’s Umesh Yadav for the last two Tests against Australia.
On Friday, BCCI released an official statement announcing T Natarajan’s inclusion in the playing squad, replacing Umesh Yadav for the last two games. The statement read:
“Umesh Yadav sustained a strain in his left calf muscle on Day 3 of the second Border-Gavaskar Test in Melbourne. The fast bowler will not recover completely ahead of the remaining two Test matches and has been ruled out of the series,” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah stated in a media release.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named T Natarajan as Yadav’s replacement. Ahead of the Boxing Day Test, Shardul Thakur was added to the Test squad as Mohd. Shami’s replacement after the senior fast bowler suffered a hairline fracture in his right forearm,” the release added.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 1, 2021
Meanwhile, social media was flooded with amazing reactions from the netizens on the same. Fans are thrilled with the announcement and are looking forward to watching Natarajan play in the red-ball game. Several cricketers and experts also took to their social media and expressed their thoughts on Natarajan’s inclusion in the playing squad.
Among many, former Indian cricketer RP Singh also took to his Twitter and penned down a heart-touching tweet for T Natarajan. In his tweet, he expressed his amazement about how inspirational his journey has been from a net bowler to now playing officially for the Indian cricket team. RP Singh wrote:
“Who is writing #natarajan script? I don’t recall a better inspirational story than @Natarajan_91 one . From a Net bowler to a white ball player and now in Test squad! May his incredible form from IPL continue..What a beginning #Happy2021 #HappyNewYear2021 #Welcome2021″
Here, check out the Tweet:
Who is writing #natarajan script? I don't recall a better inspirational story than @Natarajan_91 one . From a Net bowler to a white ball player and now in Test squad! May his incredible form from IPL continue..What a beginning #Happy2021 #HappyNewYear2021 #Welcome2021 pic.twitter.com/jVpwE06HIF
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) January 1, 2021
Talking about team India, Ajinkya Rahane will continue to lead team India in the last two Test matches of the ongoing four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy, which will kickstart from January 7 at Sydney Cricket Ground and January 15 at The Gabba in Brisbane.