Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Natarajan, ahead of Indian Premier League’s (IPL 2021) 14th season, has revealed how, former Indian cricket team captain and Chennai Super Kings skipper, Dhoni’s advice during IPL 2020 in the UAE helped him hone his skills.
“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,” Natarajan shared.
Natarajan, the Salem-born cricketer bowlerd a whopping 71 yorkers last season in UAE. He is now known as the yorker specialist to the team.
Recalling Dhoni’s wicket, he said, “I pitched one in the slot and he hit me for a big six – 102 metres or something. The next ball I got his wicket (and didn’t celebrate) – I was just thinking about that previous ball.”
“After coming back to the dressing room, though, I was happy. After finishing the match, I also had a chat with him.”
Another of his big wickets during the IPL was of South African great de Villiers, who represents Royal Challengers Bangalore in the lucrative league.
The 30 year old had also become a father on the same day. “On one side there was my girl and on the other side, I got that wicket in an important knockout game. Romba santhosham (I was extremely happy), but I didn’t really tell the others (about the baby).”
“I thought I will tell everyone else after we win the game, but my captain (David) Warner spoke about it, I think, at the post-match (presentation),” Natarajan said.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will commence their tournament against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 11.