Wed, 7 Apr 2021

T Natarajan opens up about advice given to him by Dhoni 

Sunrisers Hyderabad seamer T Natarajan recently revealed that MS Dhoni’s advice to use variations like cutters and slower bouncers, and also focus on fitness, has helped him achieve his recent success. The left-armer is coming into IPL 2021 on the back of a successful season with Team India.

T Natarajan had a breakout IPL season last year in which he carved a niche for himself as a bowler who could bowl yorkers at will. Not only did he execute the most yorkers by any bowler – a staggering 71 – but he also accounted for some world-class stars like MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers. 

T Natarajan on advise given by Dhoni

And the words of wisdom were imparted after he dismissed the former India captain in Match 29. "Speaking to somebody like Dhoni itself is a big thing. He spoke to me about fitness and encouraged me, saying that I will keep getting better with experience. He said, use slow bouncers, cutters, and variations like that. It has been useful for me,” said T Natarajan.

Natarajan also spoke about his role for SRH in the upcoming season. The fast-bowler stated that he is well aware of his responsibilities. He also said that the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be helpful to him in pressure situations. In the 2020 edition, Bhuvneshwar was ruled out early in the tournament with an injury.

“I know I will have to do the job 100 percent. I will have to focus on not missing my length and have a clear plan for that scenario. If I miss my length, I am aware that I will be taken for runs. I have bowled under pressure in the past, so all of those experiences will help me this season. Bhuvi is back and in form, so he will share his thoughts when I’m under pressure,” Natarajan said.

Our team has good communication and it’s like a family. Even if I give runs, the team management backs me, so that gives me the confidence that I can come back. I’ve also never played an IPL game at Chepauk. I think Vijay Shankar has played IPL in Chennai, but this will be the first time for me in Chennai. I’ve played a lot of cricket at my home ground, so it will be nice to play in Chennai,” he added.

Before that, Dhoni was dismissed by the Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer, who also shone during India’s tour of Australia following a surprise call-up to the national team as one of the reserves who was later included in the main team.

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